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Irvine City Council Evaluates Orange County Great Park Options

During the week of May 22, the Irvine City Council met with members of the community to discuss potential options for development of Orange County Great Park, the 1,300-square-foot site located in Irvine between the Interstate 5 Highway and California State Route 241. The meetings coincided with surveys distributed to city and Orange County residents about development plans.

As the Orange County Register highlights, top priorities for residents include an ampitheater, man-made lake, trails, and a botantical garden. The development of one or several of these options would be centered around the 248-acre Cultural Terrace portion of the park.

The survey showed there was additional interest in museums or a library built in the park as well. Currently, the closest museum is the Irvine Museum (for impressionist art) near Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport. While there are local libraries, many are affiliated with nearby colleges. The closest community libraries are the Foothill Ranch Library and Orange County Library-El Toro in Lake Forest.

Full survey results can be found here. There is no current timetable for when decisions will be made on the proposed amenities, or when development of Great Park would be complete.

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