Great Park Board Approves Comprehensive Master Plan

Sets Vision for Future Park Features

Sep 27, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Orange County Great Park

    IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Orange County
 Great Park Board today approved the Comprehensive Master Plan for the Great
 Park. They also approved the process that will determine what features will
 be included in the Park by officially establishing the Vision Statement,
 Guiding Principles and Park Program Selection Framework.
     The Park Program Selection Framework specifically directs the Great
 Park Design Studio to evaluate programs that could be included in the
 Park's schematic design. This process will shape the three distinct park
 areas -- the Canyon, a sustainable oasis with trails and a cultural
 terrace; the Fields and Memorial Park featuring the Sports Park, the Great
 Park Balloon and Timeline; and the Habitat Park, home of Agua Chinon and
 the Wildlife Corridor.
     "The Great Park Corporation has received many creative and interesting
 proposals from the public," said Larry Agran, Chair, Great Park Board
 Corporation. "Today's action guarantees that all the proposals that come to
 us will be evaluated fairly and professionally."
     Criteria to rate and prioritize proposed programs based on the Vision
 Statement, Guiding Principles and Program Selection Framework will be
 established. A panel of professionals will evaluate criteria and will work
 with the Design Studio to perform the initial program assessment.
     The Park program recommendations will be presented to the Board in
 November, action will take place before the end of the year. As new
 proposals come forward they will be reviewed through a similar process in
 later phases of the Park's development. A schedule of new proposals will be
 included in the recommendations made to the Board in December 2007.
     The Orange County Great Park, which is almost twice the size of Central
 Park, will be a major metropolitan park and the focal point of the
 redevelopment of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.
 The Great Park will include extensive natural areas and open space in
 addition to recreational and cultural uses.
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SOURCE The Orange County Great Park