Activity Center consists of a large meeting room, separate berthing facilities with about 20 beds, a fully equipped kitchen
and male and female bathrooms. There are three RV hook-ups in the parking lot outside (a nominal fee is charged for electricity
on the honor system). LMVA members volunteering that day or the following day are allowed to use the center free of charge.
It is requested that you leave it cleaner than you found it, and replace any consumables.
Regarding the history of the building, the village of Mt. Laguna was once the
home of more than 3,000 people. Most of them worked for the Air Force at the base atop Stephenson Peak. The children
were educated at the elementary school on Sunrise Highway. When the base closed, there were only about 300 citizens
remaining. The school had only a few students. After a few years, the local school district determined that it
was less costly to bus the students down the hill to Pine Valley than to maintain the school. The school closed, and
remained vacant for several years.
The Forest Service wanted to purchase the building for use as a volunteer headquarters, but lacked the funding.
The Trust for Public Lands stepped up, purchased the building, and dedicated it to the Forest Service. In 1995 the Forest
Service approached LMVA about renovating the site, promising that LMVA would have primary occupancy through a Memorandum of
Understanding. They even held a contest to name the facility. It was dubbed the Red-Tailed Roost, after the Red-Tailed
Hawk. LMVA responded with enthusiasm. We provided $100,000 in funding to pay for the removal of asbestos, and
to re-roof the building. Volunteers pitched in and helped remodel the interior, right down to the kitchen and main room
floors. The Forest Service allowed us to remove the stained and warped wood from the lanes in the bowling
alley on the Air Force Base, which was going to be demolished anyway. We enlisted the help of an inmate crew from Barratt
Honor Camp to install and re-finish the floors, who charged us the whopping sum of 9 pizzas and all the soda they could drink.
We bought a stove and kitchen appliances.
to their word, when the job was done the FS and LMVA executed the MOU, and LMVA took up residence. We finally had a