Water polo, indoor volleyball/basketball, and parking in the Western Sector of the Great Park

The Great Park Board and City Council have long-envisioned state-of-the-art Olympic- class water polo and indoor volleyball/basketball facilities in the Western Sector of the Orange County Great Park. Both facilities meet the needs of... Read more
The Great Park Board and City Council have long-envisioned state-of-the-art Olympic- class water polo and indoor volleyball/basketball facilities in the Western Sector of the Orange County Great Park. Both facilities meet the needs of Irvine’s vibrant sports communities, and will expand the scope of recreational opportunities at the Great Park. The “fieldhouse” will serve local needs for indoor recreation, while also hosting regional and super-regional tournaments and events. The water polo facility will provide an additional dedicated pool for City use, meeting the significant demand for pool time stemming from Irvine’s swimming community, and serve as a regional and super-regional site for competitions. The water polo and indoor volleyball/basketball facilities are planned for construction adjacent one another, and near the planned parking structure. Read less
Irvine, CA ( Local)
October 30, 2019
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John Russo

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Authorize the Mayor to execute the Second Amendment to the Second Agreement with City of Irvine as Adjacent Landowner, providing for the funding, design, and construction and management of water polo, indoor volleyball/basketball, and parking structure facilities in the Western Sector of the Orange County Great Park, and which... Read more

Authorize the Mayor to execute the Second Amendment to the Second Agreement with City of Irvine as Adjacent Landowner, providing for the funding, design, and construction and management of water polo, indoor volleyball/basketball, and parking structure facilities in the Western Sector of the Orange County Great Park, and which provides funding toward the design and construction of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery on the Golf Course Site in the Orange County Great Park. 

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John Russo

Irvine City Manager
October 22, 2019

The Agreement envisions the hiring of professional operations managers for the water polo and indoor volleyball/basketball facilities. The City will be the owner of the facilities and will pay for basic maintenance costs, but the operators will be responsible for managing and programming the facilities. a general proposition the... Read more

October 22, 2019

The Agreement envisions the hiring of professional operations managers for the water polo and indoor volleyball/basketball facilities. The City will be the owner of the facilities and will pay for basic maintenance costs, but the operators will be responsible for managing and programming the facilities. a general proposition the management agreements will ensure ample public access to and use of the facilities, while at the same time providing opportunities for high level teaching, training and competition.

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John Russo

Irvine City Manager
October 22, 2019

The specific design, cost estimates, and management arrangements for the Western Sector facilities will return for further City Council review by February of 2020. The design of the new facilities is conceptual at this point, and the City and Heritage Fields each recognize the need to generate a more specific design, with related... Read more

October 22, 2019

The specific design, cost estimates, and management arrangements for the Western Sector facilities will return for further City Council review by February of 2020. The design of the new facilities is conceptual at this point, and the City and Heritage Fields each recognize the need to generate a more specific design, with related cost estimates, to be presented to the City Council for its further evaluation and approval. To that end, Heritage Fields will complete an initial design to the same level of detail as was used for the other improvements built in the Great Park by Heritage Fields. Those designs will be presented to City staff in early 2020. City staff and Heritage Fields staff will then collaborate on finalizing the designs for presentation to the City Council in February 2020. Once the designs are approved by the City Council, the process for completing the facilities will follow the process used for other improvements in the Great Park, e.g., Sports Park, Bosque, and Bee. 

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Christina Shea

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September 27, 2019

We would like to bring forward an opportunity to secure funding that will accelerate the City Council's long-envisioned plans for the build-out of the Western Sector of the Orange County Great Park, including a state-of-the-art Olympic-class water polo and volleyball facilities, and a supporting parking structure. Combined, these... Read more

September 27, 2019

We would like to bring forward an opportunity to secure funding that will accelerate the City Council's long-envisioned plans for the build-out of the Western Sector of the Orange County Great Park, including a state-of-the-art Olympic-class water polo and volleyball facilities, and a supporting parking structure. Combined, these facilities have an estimated cost of over $250 million. These improvements to the Great Park have been in discussion for many years. 

The funding source for these improvements already exists, but pursuant to a 2010 agreement between the City and Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC ("Heritage Fields"), Heritage Fields has the right to use those funds for construction of public infrastructure within its private development area. Heritage Fields has, however, agreed to use the funding mechanism to instead allow for the construction of the water polo, volleyball, parking, and other improvements in the Orange County Great Park. Heritage Fields has also agreed to use the funding mechanism so that construction, as well as operation and maintenance, of the facilities will occur several years sooner than would otherwise be possible. They are not seeking any enhancement or change in its development rights or entitlements in exchange for these modifications. 

We would like City staff to bring forward an agreement that memorializes Heritage Fields' proposal to fund and construct these Western Sector features.  In that same agreement, Heritage Fields has, consistent with its September 19,2019 letter to Mayor Shea, also agreed to legally memorialize its commitment to provide $28 million toward the development of the Southern California Veterans' Cemetery at Golf Course Site on the Orange County Great Park. This step advances the City Council's July 23, 2019 decision to pursue development of the Veterans Cemetery at the Golf Course Site, and is responsive to Governor Newsom's desire to see local private funding for cemetery construction.

Please agendize an agreement to implement these changes - over $250 million toward water polo, volleyball, and parking facility; and $28 million toward construction of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery at the Golf Course Site for consideration by both the Great Park Board of Directors and the City Council on October 22,2019. 

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Irvine Council Approves Plans to Build Athletic Facilities and More at the Great Park - Irvine Weekly

2019/10/29 - Irvine Weekly