Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Orange County Great Park

There is a new park being created over the 1,347 acres that used to be the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station here in Irvine, California. The Orange County Great Park, as it is being called, was not always the plan for the old base territory. The El Toro Airport was a hugely contraversial design, set to occupy the area that is now designated to become a great park... *whew* am I ever glad that it didn't pass.

The park is set to include among other things: a 2.5 mile canyon, a 20+ acre lake, a 974 acre nature preserve, a Wildlife corridor linking the Cleveland National Forest to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Botanical Gardens, a Great Lawn.

The giant orange air balloon, which will take people over the park is already open and fully opperational. It offers free rides in 2007.

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