Great Park to Re-Plant Its Roots

Feb 26, 2009, 13:37 ET from The Orange County Great Park

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Great Park Conservancy Donates 5,000 Citrus Trees

Part of Orange County Agricultural Heritage

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Irvine City Council and Great Park Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept a generous donation of 5,000 Valencia Olinda Citrus Trees from the Great Park Conservancy. The Conservancy received the generous gift from Halvajian Desert Nursery in Thermal, California. The trees will ultimately be planted in the Orange County Great Park to honor Orange County's rich agricultural history.

"The City of Irvine and the Great Park Board profoundly appreciates the Great Park Conservancy's gift of Valencia Olinda trees," said Sukhee Kang, Mayor, City of Irvine and Director, Orange County Great Park Corporation. "Our goal is to preserve Orange County Great Park's history for the benefit of its visitors, today and in the future."

The 5,000 Valencia Olinda Citrus Trees are all approximately two and a half years old, and 18 inches to 20 inches in height. The trees will be placed in a temporary tree holding nursery located at the southwest corner of the Great Park, near Marine Way. The trees can be maintained within their original fifteen gallon containers for up to three years. At the end of the three years, they will be moved to permanent, in-ground locations for use in the Orange County Great Park. The trees will reach maturity within a year and a half after being planted.

"The Great Park Conservancy is proud to present the trees to the City of Irvine and the Orange County Great Park," said Michael D. Ray, Chairman, Great Park Conservancy. "We very much appreciate Joan Halvajian and Halvajian Desert Nursery for helping to preserve Orange County's agricultural history at the Great Park."

The role of the Great Park Conservancy is to generate and maintain public and private support throughout Orange County and beyond for the development and operation of the Orange County Great Park. For more information on the Great Park Conservancy, please go to For more information on the Orange County Great Park, including Park programs and development progress, please go to

SOURCE The Orange County Great Park