County officials hope to reopen O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon in late February or early March under new rules designed to guard against mountain lion attacks.
The Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve the new regulations Tuesday, and the park can be reopened four to six weeks after that, according to a memo from county Parks Director Harold J. Krizan.
The park has been closed since Dec. 26 after mountain lion tracks were spotted. Since then, new tracks have been found almost daily, Krizan said, and two cougars have been seen.
The rules, similar to those laid down for visitors to Caspers Regional Wilderness Park east of San Juan Capistrano after mountain lion attacks on two children there last year, bar children from campgrounds and prohibit adults from camping alone.
New fencing and signs warning of the danger of mountain lion attacks will be posted, Krizan said, and three full-time park attendants will be hired to control the entrance to the park around the clock.