Heritage Community Park Master Plan Update

Today at 5:30PM the Community Services Commission will be providing comments on the draft Master Plan concept for Heritage Community Park. The public is welcome to attend and provide comments.

Per the staff report, “the draft Master Plan, as shown in Attachment 3, was developed following extensive community outreach. Staff requests the Community Services Commission (Commission) review the concept and provide comments that will assist in finalizing the draft Master Plan. Staff will then prepare the document for environmental review, public hearing, consideration, and approval at a future Commission meeting.”

Click here to see a pdf version of the preliminary draft master plan below.

Exciting new features for the community are:

  • New Community Center (#1)
  • New splash play area (#3)
  • Two pickleballs courts (#5)
  • Expanded Fine Arts Center (#11)
  • Tai Chi/Flexible Workout Area (#13)
  • Possible future library location (#17)

One significant change is the new proposed parking lot (#14) that would cut through the large field to add much needed parking spaces.

External Conditions

External conditions were noted in the staff report that would need to be resolved prior to finalizing the Master Plan including the Orange County Public Library’s lease agreement and Irvine Unified School District’s plans to build a new 650-seat Performing Arts Center for Irvine High School. The staff report states:

In 1981, the County of Orange and the City of Irvine executed a 55-year lease agreement for the Heritage Park Regional Library located on City property. The library building is aging and requires modernization or construction of a new building. The City and the County of Orange signed a Memorandum of Understanding that expires in 2022, to set aside funds for rehabilitation or new construction of libraries in the City. The City Council recently established a negotiating subcommittee to commence discussions with the County of Orange.

The projects and considerations outlined in this section are important because they must be included in any environmental analysis for the Master Plan. Therefore, any outstanding issues associated with either OCPL or IUSD must be resolved prior to finalizing the Master Plan.

Cost Estimate

Per the staff report, “a preliminary planning-level design and construction cost estimate of approximately $58 million was prepared for the preferred Master Plan concept. Components of projects will be prioritized and developed as funding becomes available. Improvements range from $110,000 for additional sports courts to $14-30 million for construction and modernization of buildings.”

To provide comments and attend tonight’s Community Services Commission meeting click here for details.