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.
October 18, 2005, 7am PDT | Brenda Meyer
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"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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Published on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 in The Los Angeles Times
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