The neighborhood of La Colonia (AKA Eden Gardens) is one of the oldest residential areas in Solana Beach. It was formed in the 1920’s by Mexican farmers who were hired to work in nearby lima bean fields or on the large ranches in Rancho Santa Fe. These farmers wanted their families nearby, hence the formation of La Colonia. The name Eden Gardens came later from a land developer who thought it would be a good marketing tool.
In 2011 community members formed the La Colonia de Eden Gardens with the intention of empowering the community youth in furthering their lives in a positive manner and improving resources available to all residents. Drawing from local resources, such as the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club, the foundation has been able to make positive youth activities increasingly available.
One of the most amazing projects currently being worked on is the Community Garden. Board member Pat Caughey, President and Principal of Wimmer Yamada and Caughey (WYAC), is heading its development.