Monumental Decisions on Tap for Great Park Board Meeting – September 27, 2022
Great Park Board Agenda
Look at highlights from the 600+ page Great Park Board Special Meeting Agenda, set for Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 3:00 pm. This agenda is packed with important items, all recommended for approval.
Item 3.1– USA Water Polo Aquatic Facility Memorandum of Understanding and Partnership Use Agreement
- Irvine taxpayer-funded costs could range from approximately $50 to $80 million.
- USA Water Polo will contribute $12 million
- USA Water Polo exclusive use of 10,000 sq feet of the 5-acre facility
- USA Water Polo has 25-30% exclusive use of the entire facility on event dates of their choosing
- City responsible for Construction, operation, and maintenance of the facility
Item 3.2 – GP Amphitheater Form, Design, Construction, and Operating Agreement with LiveNation Worldwide, Inc.
- 14,000 seat, 25-acre amphitheater located next to the intersection of Great Park Boulevard and Skyhawk [see image below]
- The 30-year lease with LiveNation, with extensions totaling 50 years
- Irvine taxpayer-funded cost $130 mil with LiveNation contributing $20 million
- No traffic study reviewed by Irvine Transportation Commission
- LiveNation must program at least 25 shows per year
- No information on naming rights
- No independent financial review was provided in the reports
- Mayor Khan and Councilmember Carroll are on the Sub-Committee to negotiate deal with LiveNation
- City Responsibility: Construction of the facility, maintenance of structures and major building systems, and provision of adequate parking. The city is also responsible for building another parking lot (4,500 spaces)
Item 3.3 – Contract and Budget Appropriation for the GP Framework Plan Landscape and Civil Engineering Design Services
- Approximately $17 mil for landscape design and civil engineer services
- 28-acre library and veterans memorial garden complex. A library on ARDA land?
- 38-acre parking and maintenance complex.
- “Staff is finalizing a budget and phasing schedule for the Framework Plan that will identify sources and use of funds….” – City Staff Report.
- No plans for ARDA demolition and site cleanup despite being voted on earlier this year
Item 3.4 – Request by Chairwoman Khan to Extend the Great Park Resident Task Force for an Additional Six Months
- The proposed six-month extension of the 15-member Task Force
- Internal divisions reportedly cause a slew of resignations from members
For information on how to participate [e-comment or live zoom public comment], go to the city website here.