Sunset magazine
Jenny Price|From the April 2012 Issue

 

One perfect day in Irvine's Great Park
Orange County has its own destination oasis that's reinventing the grand public park for the 21st century

Point me to the park: It's smack in the middle of the O.C., near the intersection of the 5 and 405 freeways.

What it used to be: El Toro U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, from 1943 to 1999. And now? 160 acres of green glory have opened since 2007, with 1,187 more acres opening in stages in the years to come.

The park's greatest hits: The art gallery, North Lawn, community gardens, soccer fields, and visitor center...