Important: Comprehensive Update on Key Great Park Features

This Tuesday will be the first comprehensive community update on the Orange County Great Park Developments in over a year. This important meeting will take place on October 22, 2019 at 1:00pm in Council Chamber. The public will get to see what projects the Great Park Board (City Council) has been working on and if they resemble what was proposed for land use themes identified in public outreach initiatives from 2015 and 2017.

Here is a brief summary of the many projects in various stages that will be discussed. Click here for the entire Orange County Great Park Development Update.

Planning Areas

The Great Park is divided into three planning areas shown in the map below.


The City of Irvine is responsible for the development of the Western Sector.

In Progress

  • Visitor Center Plaza rehabilitation
  • Western sector roadway

Development Partner Projects

  • Pretend City Children’s Museum. City finalizing terms of proposed pre-development agreement.
  • Balloon Lawn playground. Existing playground moving to the area next to the balloon ride along the Visitors Center.

Proposed Projects 

  • USA Water Polo Facility
  • Field House for indoor volleyball & basketball facility
  • Parking Structure


FivePoint is responsible for designing and constructing the 688 acre Great Park Improvement Area based on a design package approved by the City Council.

Proposed Projects

  • Western White Water – 35 acre outdoor recreation area.
  • California Fire Museum & Safety Learning Center – Exclusive negotiating agreement.
  • Police Firing Training Facility – Joint police & fire training facility.
  • State Veterans Cemetery – 100 acres of land in the former golf course site. City working to expedite the State review of the site.
  • Botanical Gardens – no acreage or funding identified.


The City of Irvine is responsible for the development of the Cultural Terrace. FivePoint contracted to fund up to $2 million for planning, feasibility, and related technical studies for the cultural terrace district.

In Progress

  • Wild Rivers Parking Lot – 14 acre parking lot for future construction of Wild Rivers water park & other uses.
    Status: Preliminary design stage.

Proposed Projects

  • Amphitheater – City & Live Nation to meet in December to negotiate permanent location in the Great Park.
  • American Museum of Natural History. Museum studying options for building a West Coast branch in the Great Park. Community update planned for Q1 2020.

Development Partner Projects

  • Wild Rivers Water Park – Water Park Facility on 25 acres along Marine Way & Sky Hawk. Proposed form of lease terms being finalized.