Orange County CA Great Park Information Update
The following is an excerpt from information provided by Irvine Mayor Steven Choi on March 7, 2016:
“Last month, the City Council approved a long-term lease agreement with the Irvine Ice Foundation, the non-profit affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks hockey team. This Foundation’s mission is to promote hockey and other ice-based youth sports.
Under this agreement, the Irvine Ice Foundation will construct a 270,000 square foot community ice facility that will include four “sheets” of ice – in other words, four skating facilities. Three will meet National Hockey League standards, and one will meet Olympic standards, with the Foundation investing a minimum of $35 million. It will be open for the public for youth hockey, figure skating, open skating, etc., with the City controlling the great majority its operating time.
Meanwhile, the 175-acre Sports Park, the 40-acre Bosque and 36-acres of Upper Bee Canyon are all under active construction. I am especially excited about the Sports Park, which will feature 12 baseball and softball diamonds, 5 sand volleyball courts, 25 tennis courts, basketball courts for open play, and a play area. In addition, there will be 13 soccer fields, along with 5 “flex fields”, which can be marked off for soccer, and that is in addition to the 4 soccer fields at the Great Park now, as is the North Lawn which can also function as 3 soccer fields. That brings to 25 the number of total soccer fields that will be available at the Great Park.
Phase 1 of the Sports Park, with soccer and tennis courts, will open this fall, with more open at the end of this year. We expect the Sports Park to be completed early next year. Of course, this all depends on the weather.”