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December 02, 2007

Cycling yes, but also a Velodrome in the Orange County Great Park?

Marine Corp Air Station El Toro, in Irvine CA., closed in 1999, in 2002 the Feds decided to sell the land at auction and the Department of the Navy sold the property on February 16, 2005 to the winning bidder, Lennar Corporation, for $649 million.

As a condition of the sale of the property, Lennar Corporation signed a Development Agreement that deeded 1,347 acres to the City of Irvine for the Orange County Great Park and agreed to pay an additional $200 million for future development and maintenance of the Park.

Ever since all sorts of discussions, debates, public surveys, design developement and more has been going on.

The Orange County Great Park Plan will provide a wide array of active and passive uses, including a 2.5 mile canyon and lake, miles of walking and biking trails, a cultural terrace, Orange County's largest sports park, a botanical garden, and a tethered helium observation balloon that will be an icon for the Great Park. More than 3,885 of the 4,700 acres will be dedicated to open space, education, and other public uses.

Here is a look at the Preliminary Master Plan.

The Park will include an extensive trail network with connections to adjacent multi-use trails and bikeways, such as the Mountains to the Sea Trail.

I recently received word of the latest chance for residents of Orange County to express their thoughts on the process and what sorts of facilities residents would like to see in the park.

Would a Velodrome be a good fit for the Sports Complex part of the park?

I do not know, but if there are any local cyclists reading this there is an excellent online survey available from yesterday, thru the 8th, in which you can express your thoughts about cycling options for the park (I just took it myself.).

If you have a chance to do so there is the latest in Public Open Houses going on this weekend at the site where you can...

Meet the Great Park Design Team and give them your feedback on programs related to:

Sports and Recreation Festivals and Events

Ecology and Nature Historic Preservation

Cultural and Social Institutions and Activities

You can learn more and keep abreast of developements at the official website, which I will be adding to the side bar.

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Very cool to see.

I spent a day there getting my butt kicked in the late 80's for a meritorious promotion board.

This stemmed from winning Marine of the Quarter in MCAS - Yuma, AZ. ;-D

Posted by: Darren Weisz | Dec 2, 2007 5:37:26 PM

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