Irvine residents want amphitheater at Great Park Cultural Terrace
The online survey of more than 1,000, conducted by Irvine Cares over a two week period in late February, found that a concert amphitheater with lake complex was a priority for survey respondents (74%), followed by an Olympic swimming facility to host USA Water Polo events (56%). Other amenities ranked included a BMX skateboard park (31%), a water park (26%) and botanical gardens (23%).
Survey respondents indicated they wanted area developers to pay for the amenities (51%), with some saying they would support other financing strategies that would combine developer funding, property tax increases and sales tax increases (39%).
Irvine Mayor Don Wagner, during is Feb. 14 State of the City Address, committed to bringing to a close the 14-year planning process. To date, more than $250 million, including $7 million for public outreach, has been spent.
Retired State Senator Dick Ackerman, chair of Irvine Cares, said in a statement: “We hope the poll results assist the city council to quickly develop the plans and finally deliver the Cultural Terrace to Orange County’s residents. I believe this is an action-oriented city council that wants to deliver on the promise.”
The city council will consider the proposed interim temporary concert venue to be located near the Irvine train station at the March 14 city council meeting.
Survey respondents were asked to rank the following amenities in order of preference:
▪Concert venue to replace the closed Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
▪Lake and family picnic area near the concert venue
▪World class Olympic swimming facility to host USA Water Polo
▪Skateboard and BMX facility
▪Other (unaided with option to name self-identified use)
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