Great Park Announces $21.5 Million Construction Project

The Orange County Great Park Corporation has announced the next phase of Park construction with a presentation on the $21.5 million 2012 Western Sector Park Development Plan Capital Improvement Project. This latest round of development will feature soccer fields, a community garden, and a new visitors center pavilion – representing the Park’s first vertical construction.The bid package for this wide-ranging capital improvement project was released for public bid January 12, and construction is expected to begin in March. Bids for 2012 Western Sector Park Development Plan Capitol Improvement Project are due February 24, 2012.

The Economic Research Associates study reports that planning, construction and other activity associated with designing and building the Great Park, along with adjacent residential and commercial development, could add hundreds of millions of dollars to Southern California’s Gross Regional Product and tens of thousands of new jobs to the region. Spanning more than 1,300 acres the Great Park’s award-winning master plan embraces environmental sustainability, preserves Orange County’s agricultural heritage, and honors the military history of the former air base, setting a new standard for sustainable park design and urban planning.

The construction project includes the following components:

The South Lawn and Timeline West major featured improvements include four soccer fields (two are lighted), four full basketball courts, a new restroom and operations facility building, jogging trail, passive recreational activities, water features and a sophisticated storm water capture re-use system.

The Visitors Center Pavilion is approximately 5,000 square feet in size and will feature a large lobby, restroom facilities, concession area, exhibition areas and office space.

The Community Garden will feature 99 plots, including six ADA-compliant plots. An open turf area with a large shade tree and picnic tables will provide a community gathering area for gardeners to share their experiences.

The Parking Lot Extension project will expand the number of parking stalls in the improved Balloon Park Parking Lot. This scope includes complete re-surfacing and re-striping of the pavement.

The Promenade will be located west of the Balloon Park Parking lot. Lighting and site furnishings will be provided.

For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

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