A SPORTS PARK SUMMER
The most anticipated event of the summer takes place on August 5, with the grand opening of the first phase of the new Sports Park. You can find plenty of information about the debut of this key part of the Orange County Great Park in this issue and online at irvinecitynews.com.
I believe the Sports Park will be an important part of Irvine’s future, just as MCAS El Toro was a vital element of our city and our country’s past. I look forward to events at the soccer stadium, watching kids compete on the many fields and courts, and perhaps to finding my old tennis racquet and having a game, or taking a lesson.
I already spend a good deal of time at the Great Park engaged in what I believe are considered passive uses. Walking, people watching, art gallery going, and buying produce at the farmers market. I can’t wait for concerts this season and in coming summers at Irvine’s interim and hopefully permanent amphitheaters. And I look forward to plans for the Cultural Terrace, the next great stage of the Great Park.
I hope that all those who have complained over the years about a perceived lack of progress at the Great Park will come out to the opening celebration of the Sports Park’s first phase. And while we all enjoy the festivities, let’s take time to appreciate that we’re not standing in the middle of an international airport, and thank all those who helped Irvine get to this day.