Great Park Commemorates Construction Progress on new South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex

   Great Park Commemorates Construction Progress on new South Lawn Sports +
                               Fitness Complex

"Topping out" ceremony for new Visitors Center Pavilion marks important
milestone in construction of the Great Park's new $22.8 million, 30-acre

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Local business and community
leaders gathered near the Great Park Balloon as the a 28-foot-long, 1,200 lb.
steel beam was hoisted into place during a special "topping out" ceremony
today commemorating the placement of the final beam in the steel frame of the
Great Park's new 4,762-square-foot Visitors Center Pavilion. The event serves
as an important milestone in the construction of the Great Park's new $22.8
million, 30-acre expansion project that launched in June.

Named the South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex, the new 30-acre section of the
Great Park will include four tournament-quality soccer fields, four basketball
courts, an innovative, mile-long fitness trail developed in partnership with
Kaiser Permanente, a reflecting pond and viewing pier near the Great Park
entrance on Marine Way, and a Community Garden, among other amenities.
Construction of the South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex and the Visitors
Center Pavilion is on schedule for completion in the summer of 2013.

"The Board of Directors of the Great Park Corporation is excited to see the
new Visitors Center Pavilion and the features of the South Lawn Sports +
Fitness Complex take shape," said Beth Krom, Chair, Orange County Great Park
Corporation. "This is the first new vertical construction project at the
Great Park and it is fitting that it will serve as the first stop for Great
Park visitors when it is completed next summer."

Visitors Center Pavilion

The 4,762-square-foot Visitors Center Pavilion will replace the temporary
Visitors Center and will be located near the Great Park Balloon. It will
feature a large lobby, restroom facilities, retail area, and office space.
Approximately 35 tons of structural steel will be used in the construction of
the Visitors Center Pavilion as well as 1,000 tons of El Toro Stone, which are
pieces of the demolished concrete runways from the former Marine Corps Air
Station El Toro. The runway pieces will be used to create a gabion wall on the
south side of the facility.

Additional Great Park Expansion Features

The construction project currently underway at the Great Park also includes
the following components:

  oSports Facilities: The South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex will expand
    the Great Park's sports programs and include four tournament-quality
    soccer fields, two of which will be synthetic grass and lighted for
    evening use. Other features include four full-size basketball courts, a
    new restroom and operations facility building, the mile-long Kaiser
    Permanente health and fitness trail, as well as the planting of more than
    300 trees.
  oReflecting Pond and Viewing Pier: A reflecting pond and viewing pier near
    the entrance of the Great Park will connect to the Walkable Historical
    Timeline and link the South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex with the Great
    Park Balloon. The reflecting pond and additional storm water retention
    ponds are the first water features at the Great Park.
  oWalkable Historical Timeline: The Walkable Historical Timeline, which
    currently takes visitors on a 750-foot historical walk through history,
    will be expanded to reach a total of 2,604 feet and include more than 100
    additional historical details. It will also serve as a natural connection
    between the Great Park Balloon and the reflecting pond and viewing pier.
  oStorm Water Collection System: The South Lawn will feature a
    state-of-the-art storm water management system designed to supplement the
    South Lawn's irrigation needs. The system will capture, filter and store
    storm water in the new retention ponds on the South Lawn. It will have the
    capacity for 5 million gallons of storm water storage. Approximately
    30,000 cubic yards of dirt are being excavated from the site to create the
    storm water retention ponds.
  oCommunity Garden: Adjacent to the existing Farm + Food Lab, the Community
    Garden will feature 99 plots, including six Americans with Disability
    Act-compliant plots. Additionally, an open turf area with a large shade
    tree and picnic tables will provide a community gathering area for
    gardeners to share their experiences.
  oInfrastructure: The construction will also include installation of a
    variety of infrastructure improvements that will set the stage for future
    Great Park development, including underground utilities, electrical
    equipment and lighting, drainage improvements, irrigation systems, asphalt
    and concrete, fencing and landscaping, as well as the foundational
    backbone for the future electronic security system.

The Orange County Great Park is located off the 5 Freeway and Sand Canyon in

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About the Great Park

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the
Orange County Great Park's array of recreational and educational opportunities
and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the
iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. Other Great Park
features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable
Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and
historic Hangar 244. In addition to free sports clinics, gardening workshops,
weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an
annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire
family, including the Growing the Park: Anniversary Celebration, Great Park
Pumpkin Harvest, Great Night! Family New Year's Eve, and the Flights & Sounds
Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park
is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the
4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information,
please visit

SOURCE Orange County Great Park

Contact: Marcus Ginnaty, +1-949-724-6574
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