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July 7, 2012
In preparation for its seventh anniversary, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine will be closed Monday through Friday, park officials said. The park will reopen at 3 p.m. Saturday for the Growing the Park event, which is expected to draw about 25,000 visitors, according to a news release. The 2012 State of the Park address will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Irvine Civic Center. On Saturday, the park will be split into five themed zones: the Runway Zone, Back Forty Zone, Outfield Zone, Great Park Gallery Zone and Sky's the Limit Zone.
NEWS
By Larry Agran | March 25, 2009
President Obama’s visit to Southern California was an excellent opportunity for city leaders to personally plead their case for funding of community and recreational facilities, which desperately need a portion of the stimulus dollars. Unfortunately, city parks are not getting the attention they deserve. Although monies for national park improvements have been earmarked for the National Park Service, there is no money specifically designated for our metropolitan parks. While tall skyscrapers, massive retail centers and new residential communities may garner more public attention and publicity, the fact is, parks matter.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
The Orange County Great Park is rolling out free fitness classes on Saturdays in June. The "Great Park in Motion" series kicks off this Saturday at the Terraced Lawn. The outdoor routines begin at 7 a.m. with Health Walking, which is led by A Snail's Pace Running Academy coaches. Traversing flat surfaces, this class is recommended for students of all ages and includes lessons on the health benefits of an active lifestyle. Up next is Cross Training with PayanX at 8 a.m. Entrants, looking for high-intensity, functional movement in a team setting, must be older than 16. This is followed at 9 a.m. by Power Yoga - a blend of breathing, movement and music for an intense workout.
NEWS
January 22, 2011
The Anaheim Ducks may start flocking to the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. The NHL team, and its representatives H&S Ventures LLC, are in negotiations with the park to create a community skating rink. The item was presented during Thursday's Great Park board meeting. Park Chief Executive Mike Ellzey has been authorized to move forward on the agreement. "An ice facility developed in partnership with the Anaheim Ducks would make a tremendous addition to our sports park," Ellzey said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 14, 2014
UC Irvine is among four Orange County campuses chosen to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The event, to be held in fall 2015 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, will have participants "designing and building the best energy-efficient, drought-resistant homes they can," according to a UCI news release. It will be a two-year effort, culminating in free tours and testing of the houses at the Great Park competition site. In addition to UCI, "Team Orange" comprises Chapman University in Orange, Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | September 13, 2011
IRVINE - The City Council on Tuesday night approved an agreement requiring a developer of homes near the Orange County Great Park to, among other things, provide $40.5 million in funding over the next six years to the city. The agreement, approved by a 4-1 vote, also allows Aliso Viejo-based Heritage Fields El Toro LLC - developer of Great Park Neighborhoods, a nearly 4,900-home project that will ring the Great Park by 2013 - to speed up construction of park and neighborhood infrastructure, build two hotels and a $5-million joint welcome center for the park and neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | June 14, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the first and last two paragraphs. IRVINE — The City Council unanimously gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders convicted of crimes against a minor to enter city parks and recreational areas. If adopted after a second reading June 28, persons in violation of the ordinance could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Orange County Dist. Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Joyful Child Foundation founder Erin Runnion and other advocates from victims' right groups were among those in attendance at the meeting.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | July 14, 2007
IRVINE — If you go up in the big orange balloon that rises 500 feet above what may someday become the fabled Orange County Great Park, take a look at the panoramic view. To the north are the San Gabriel mountains; to the southwest is Newport Beach — some say you can see to Catalina if it's clear. And immediately below is a whole lot of dirt and construction. It's a nice view, but if you're from Newport Beach, beware — you'll see something that might reduce you to tears, or at least heavy sighs.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012
FRIDAY Close-Out Jewelry Sale A close-out sale on designer jewelry — with 50 to 70% off retail prices for necklaces, bracelets ear rings and other items — is from 1 to 7 p.m. at 1717 Bayadere Terrace, Corona del Mar. Shabbat Service Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, holds its Friday night Shabbat Service at 6 p.m. The service will be led by Rabbi Mark S. Miller, Rabbi Gersh Zylberman and Cantor Jonathan Grant...
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By Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | April 18, 2014
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chainlink fence at the windswept landscape - stripes of concrete marking a scrubby field framed by dark green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing the air over what was for decades a bustling military base, a place local servicemen and women have seen as a kind of home. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the former U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 14, 2014
UC Irvine is among four Orange County campuses chosen to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The event, to be held in fall 2015 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, will have participants "designing and building the best energy-efficient, drought-resistant homes they can," according to a UCI news release. It will be a two-year effort, culminating in free tours and testing of the houses at the Great Park competition site. In addition to UCI, "Team Orange" comprises Chapman University in Orange, Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College.
NEWS
By Paloma Esquivel | November 13, 2013
Following a meeting that stretched past midnight, the Irvine City Council voted Wednesday to delay for two weeks a decision on whether to allow a developer to build 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park in exchange for the right to construct thousands of additional homes around the site's perimeter. “It is clear from staff's presentation tonight that they have conducted just a partial analysis of the impacts of this offer and more work is required,” said Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway.
OCNOW
By Paloma Esquivel | November 12, 2013
Orange County Great Park designer Ken Smith was hired for his vision. When he looked out at 1,300 acres of runways and abandoned buildings at a former military base in Irvine, he imagined a gathering place that could provide a center to this sprawling county, rivaling New York's Central Park and San Diego's Balboa Park. But after years of designing an ambitious park, for which he and his team were paid millions, it seems increasingly likely that Smith's vision will be pushed aside in favor of a more pragmatic plan.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
The Orange County Great Park is rolling out free fitness classes on Saturdays in June. The "Great Park in Motion" series kicks off this Saturday at the Terraced Lawn. The outdoor routines begin at 7 a.m. with Health Walking, which is led by A Snail's Pace Running Academy coaches. Traversing flat surfaces, this class is recommended for students of all ages and includes lessons on the health benefits of an active lifestyle. Up next is Cross Training with PayanX at 8 a.m. Entrants, looking for high-intensity, functional movement in a team setting, must be older than 16. This is followed at 9 a.m. by Power Yoga - a blend of breathing, movement and music for an intense workout.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 29, 2013
The Orange County Great Park board of directors has approved a five-year business plan that supporters say will put an end to the financial hemorrhaging in the annual budget. Although directors Larry Agran and Beth Krom each suggested alternatives, the board, made up of the Irvine City Council, ultimately voted 3 to 2 in favor of the plan. Agran and Krom dissented. "The days of the $10-million annual burn rate are gone," Great Park Chief Executive Officer Michael Ellzey said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 13, 2012
Southern California Edison recently unveiled its ABC Green Home in Irvine to crowds eager to see its eco-friendly design and sophisticated gadgetry. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house - built in conjunction with and sponsored by Green HomeBuilder magazine and its clients - at the Orange County Great Park was designed to showcase the highest possibilities of sustainable home building. Organizers touted that the entry-level home off Marine Way can be built anywhere from materials found anywhere, as in they're not "unobtanium.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | August 17, 2012
A new Wild Rivers location is expected to open in May 2014 in Irvine with a 25-year lease. The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the park's construction and operation at its July 30 meeting. The Irvine Co. did not renew its lease with Wild Rivers last October, leading the water park to close, according to the Los Angeles Times. Its last day was Sept. 25. The location, next to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, was open for 27 years. "We are pleased to be bringing apartments to the greater Irvine Spectrum area," said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Erin Freeman.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 15, 2012
The seventh anniversary of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine had something for everyone. On Saturday, event goers flew kites, strolled through gardens, visited egg-laying hens and took photos in front of decades-old airplanes. As visitors entered the park, the smell of roasting corn wafted through the air. But it was soon replaced by the gritty smells of barnyard animals and dirt near a station where kids planted sunflower seeds in pint-sized pots. Michael and Christine Arroyo, of Colton, visited the park with their four children, Michael pushing a double stroller for his twins.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2012
In preparation for its seventh anniversary, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine will be closed Monday through Friday, park officials said. The park will reopen at 3 p.m. Saturday for the Growing the Park event, which is expected to draw about 25,000 visitors, according to a news release. The 2012 State of the Park address will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Irvine Civic Center. On Saturday, the park will be split into five themed zones: the Runway Zone, Back Forty Zone, Outfield Zone, Great Park Gallery Zone and Sky's the Limit Zone.
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