IRVINE — Orange County will have its Great Park — or at least the small segment of it that officials were able to budget for — by spring 2011, board directors said this week.
The North Lawn is the first part of the first phase of the Western Sector Park Development plan. The 19.5 acres will include walking and biking paths, a turf lawn, a parking lot and a multipurpose recreational field that could support up to three temporary soccer fields.
While the official start of construction was Thursday, crews have been grading the area for three weeks, carefully avoiding underground power lines and protecting existing trees, according to a presentation at the Orange Country Great Park Corp. board of directors' meeting last week.
Once the North Lawn is completed, crews will begin work on the South Lawn, which will feature three permanent, lighted soccer fields to be completed by 2012, and then the rest of the Western Sector with possibilities of a wildlife corridor and an agricultural district, for a price tag of about $70 million.