Designing California's Second-Largest Park

At more than 2,300 acres, Orange County's new park on the site of a former marine base, will be the second-largest in California, about the size of Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

"The new park will have commercial development along its periphery and will include meadows, trails, wetlands, wildlife corridors, sports fields and a cluster of cultural buildings. Its first phase is scheduled to open in 2008

...The Great Park project will include 1,316 acres of parkland ringed by a 2,400-acre band of commercial development. The budget for the park section alone, pegged initially at roughly $500 million, will certainly go higher and may ultimately approach $1 billion. The park will be funded by Lennar â€" in an arrangement similar to the one Related Cos. has struck to develop for-profit parcels and a civic park along Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles â€" and by property taxes paid by owners of new residential development at the site, which will include 3,400 houses."

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