Introducing a New Kind of Park
The former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro is being transformed into the first great metropolitan park of the 21st Century—the Orange County Great Park. Located in the geographic center of Orange County, California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Great Park is easily accessible to more than 10,000,000 Southern California residents via freeway or railway.
Spanning more than 1,300 acres (nearly twice the size of New York’s Central Park) the Great Park’s award-winning master plan embraces environmental sustainability, preserves Orange County’s agricultural heritage, and honors the military history of the former air base, setting a new standard for sustainable park design and urban planning. Upon completion, the Orange County Great Park will join America’s inventory of national treasures and set a new standard for great metropolitan parks around the world.
300 years ago, the ideal park was a manicured and formal place with straight lines and well-behaved plants. Even if you sought an escape to a natural environment, it was an environment that was very controlled.
In the 19th Century, parks made the move to a more civic space, a place for the masses to enjoy fresh air and relief from the prevalent diseases of the time. In the 20th Century, the heartbeat of the park quickened with exercise sport, and more active forms of recreation.”
- Comprehensive Master Plan: Contact the City of Irvine’s Office of Records at (949) 724-6281
- Technical Drawings: Contact OCB Reprographics via email
- Great Park Poetry by William Grant Burns, Great Park Poet Laureate
- Study: Functional Connectivity for Bobcats and Coyotes across former MCAS El Toro