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 approximately 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.
City Council Vote Approves Public-Private Partnership for Next Phase of Great Park Development
Vote moves forward FivePoint Communities’ plan to build 688 acres of the Great Park
At the November 26, 2013 Irvine City Council meeting, the City Council approved a proposal from FivePoint Communities to build 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park. The 688-acre development will dramatically expand the footprint of the built out portion of the Great Park and expands the public-private partnership between the City of Irvine and FivePoint Communities, the private developer that owns land adjacent to the Great Park.
The approved proposal includes a 176-acre sports park that will complement the Great Park’s existing North Lawn and South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex. The sports park will become a premier sports park with a planned 18-21 additional soccer and multi-use fields, 24 tennis courts, 12 sports courts, 12 baseball/softball fields, and 11 sand volleyball courts.
In addition, the proposal calls for a 185-acre golf course and golf practice facility and clubhouse, a 41-acre Bosque area near the Trabuco entrance, 36-acre Upper Bee Canyon area and improvements that will connect the Great Park to Irvine Boulevard, as well as the 178-acre wildlife corridor. The proposal does not impact the Cultural Terrace, which remains part of the Great Park Master Plan and will be developed once a funding partner or partners are identified.
More than $200 Million in Public Benefit
The proposal to develop 688 acres was part of three motions approved by the City Council at the November 26 meeting that included an adjacent landowner agreement with FivePoint Communities, a general plan amendment and the first reading of a zone change, and certified an Environmental Impact Report.
The adjacent landowner agreement sets in motion FivePoint Communities’ proposal to build the 688 acres along with additional public benefits that have an estimated gross value to the City of Irvine of more than $200 million. Among these public benefits, FivePoint Communities agreed to provide an additional $10 million to the City toward improvement of Marine Way, the main entrance into the Great Park. FivePoint Communities is already obligated to fund major improvements to Marine Way through previous agreements with the City of Irvine.
In return for the 688 acres and more than $200 million in public benefit, the adoption of the ordinance allows FivePoint Communities to build an additional 4,606 dwelling units on its privately owned Great Park Neighborhoods development that is adjacent to the Great Park, while reducing more than 410,000 square feet of non-residential development.
In the months head, the City of Irvine will be moving forward with a modification to the Great Park Master Plan to reflect the approved FivePoint Communities proposal to set the stage for the private developer to begin work on the 688 acres.
- 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