2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: lsiegel@cpeo.org
Date: 14 Sep 2005 20:12:33 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] "Great Park" designs for El Toro (CA)
1 Great Park for Irvine, 7 Elaborate Possibilities
Designers rethink El Toro with attractions such as lakes, a 'fog forest'
and a monorail.

By Jean O. Pasco
Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2005 

The ideas came from as far as Spain and as close as Disneyland: seven
ambitious proposals to transform a deserted patchwork of runways and
hangars into something like New York's Central Park, smack in the middle
of Orange County. 

The city of Irvine has embarked on a massive planning effort for the
Orange County Great Park, a roughly 1,000-acre regional preserve with
museums and sports fields to be built in the center of the former El
Toro Marine base and surrounded by about 3,400 new homes. 

The proposals, from seven internationally known design firms, are as
grand as the city's planners hope the park will be. One features a
monorail to move visitors around the 2-square-mile park, with a long
canal for rowing and canoeing. Another envisions a terraced knoll at the
center built around a large lake. 

"This is our last opportunity in Orange County to really create a place
that can bring us together," said private land planner Don Bauer, among
a group of 14 Orange County designers, planners and architects who
converged on Irvine this week to critique the proposals. 


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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