The former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro is being transformed into the Orange County Great Park. A project area spanning approximately 1,300 acres, with more than 200 acres developed and 688 acres in planning and design and fully funded, the Orange County Great Park embraces recreation, competitive sports and parkland; the environment; preserves Orange County's agricultural heritage; and honors the military history of the former air base.
Upon completion, the Orange County Great Park will join America's inventory of national treasures and set a new standard for great metropolitan parks around the world.
Amenities already include: the Great Park Balloon, the carousel, the visitors center, Kids Rock play area, Walkable Historical Timeline, Historic Hangar 224, Palm Court, Farm + Food Lab, and existing sports fields.
Tethered rides in the platform of the giant helium Great Park Balloon are offered giving adults and kids a bird's-eye view of Irvine and Orange County from 400 feet above the ground.
On Sundays, visitors and residents flock to the Great Park Farmer's Market, featuring not only naturally grown produce, herbs and ornamental plants, but also hand-made crafts. The Farm + Food Lab opens its gates, inviting kids to come learn about where food comes from and how it grows.
Throughout the year, master gardeners from the University of California system offer gardening classes. And any day of the year, little ones can crawl around lifelike rocks and a cave at the Kids Rock play area.
The Orange County Great Park offers an abundance of classes, programs and activities for all ages.
Future plans include a 175-acre sports park that will complement the Great Park's existing North Lawn and South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex. The sports park will become a premier recreational and competitive location with a planned 18 new soccer and multi-use fields, 25 tennis courts, four sports courts, 12 baseball/softball fields, and five sand volleyball courts.
In addition, plans include a 188-acre golf course and practice facility and clubhouse, 71-acre agriculture component, a 40-acre Bosque area, and a 36-acre Upper Bee Canyon area.