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April 8, 1985
The largest crowd since 1978 prompted Irvine Park officials to put up barricades about 11 a.m. Sunday to halt the incoming flow of automobiles. A park spokesman said an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people turned out to enjoy the park on Easter Sunday. The barricades, which are used to halt traffic into but not out of the park at the eastern end of Chapman Avenue, were removed about 4:30 p.m., Park Ranger Cornel Stinson said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 | By Anh Do
A developer will be allowed to build a scaled-down version of Great Park in exchange for the right to construct thousands of homes in a deal that would appear to extinguish Irvine's long-running promise to give residents a municipal green space rivaling Balboa Park or even New York City's Central Park. In a split vote, City Council members cleared the way early Wednesday for FivePoint Communities to build an extra 4,606 homes in the south Orange County city in return for constructing 688 acres of Great Park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1994
When I was a kid growing up in Long Beach during the '30s one of my greatest pleasures was when our family picnicked at Irvine Park. I remember the sycamores, the lake, the rowboats. Today, tooling top down in my classic convertible, I again visited that (Irvine Regional) park of so many wonderful memories. I wasn't disappointed. I found it much as I remembered--being enjoyed by many people. I commend those administering it for keeping it as it was--except for the lake and the rowboats!
NEWS
January 31, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Construction of a massive new project in Irvine consisting of nearly 5,000 homes and 1.2 million square feet of commercial space is underway, according to the company in charge of the effort. FivePoint Communities Management Inc. broke ground on the Great Park Neighborhoods project Tuesday. The development sits on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Irvine approved the first phase of the construction last year. "With today's groundbreaking, we are moving forward with the first phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1997 | CORINNE FLOCKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Think the Hundred Years War was something? This weekend, an army of history buffs will double it. Make that several armies, which will reenact 200 years' worth of conflict, all to celebrate the centennial of one of Orange County's most peaceful spots--Irvine Regional Park. The Marching Through History Exposition is just one of a slew of activities at a weekend-long wingding saluting California's oldest operating park and hosted by the county Department of Harbors, Beaches and Parks.
NEWS
November 26, 1987 | STEVE EMMONS, Los Angeles Times
It is not the typical Orange County park. A nun was fined for malicious mischief there. Indians marauded through its oak forests (but only during working hours). A zoo evolved because of the intelligence of the wild gray foxes. Boys went there to train for health. Men went there to train for war. Children went there to ride the train. Confederate soldiers gathered there for a reunion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1996 | By FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A ghost has materialized in the county's oldest park, tooting and steaming its way past lakes, historic buildings and heritage oak groves. For the first time in decades, a miniature locomotive will take the public for a ride in Irvine Regional Park, giving people another reason to visit what is already the county's busiest park, which draws as many as 800,000 visitors annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Irvine's Great Park may be behind schedule, but not for lack of plans. The Orange County Great Park board Thursday approved spending $60 million by summer 2009 to build a park around its tethered balloon ride, demolish buildings, create a wildlife corridor and continue designing the 1,347-acre project planned for the closed El Toro Marine base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Police cautioned parents Thursday after 10 colored plastic eggs containing jellybeans and a handful of extra-strength aspirin tablets were discovered at an Irvine park. The first egg was scooped up by an 18-month-old girl playing in the sand early Wednesday at a private recreation area in the Northpark Square neighborhood in Irvine. The child's nanny took the egg from the girl and searched the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1998 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three San Fernando Valley men and two juveniles attending an Iranian new year's picnic in a park were arrested on suspicion of kicking and punching several other park users after telling them that they "didn't belong there because they were white," police said Monday. Police are asking prosecutors to file civil rights violation charges against the suspects "due to the statement regarding the victims' skin color as well as the seriousness of the injuries," said Sgt.
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December 2, 2011
MOVIES Like There's No Tomorrow A herald of winter sports season, Warren Miller's annual feature film showcases daring skiers and snowboarders carving up mountainsides and defying gravity across five continents. Participating athletes include Chris Davenport, Julia Mancuso and Daron Rahlves; Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley narrates. James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. 8 p.m. $20.50. (310) 781-7171. http://www.warrenmiller.com. COMEDY Groundlings Humor and holidays collide with an evening of good tidings, sketches and improvs thanks to a merry little bunch of Groundlings.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011
The historic Irvine Regional Park's festive holiday train will depart from the brightly lighted train station and drop off passengers at the North Pole for the Irvine Park Railroad's 16th Annual Christmas Train. Kids will have an opportunity to share their wish lists with St. Nick and pose for photos. Irvine Park Railroad, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. 5-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Through Dec. 23. Train tickets $10, children 2 and younger free. Activity tickets $4 each. Book of 15 activity tickets $50. (714)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2011
EVENTS Get the drop on the fall season at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch, an annual old-fashioned family shindig. Activities include train rides, a giant hay maze, a spooky Halloween bounce house, face painting, carnival games and, of course, a pumpkin patch stocked with thousands of future jack-o'-lanterns. Irvine Park Railroad, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. Begins Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. through Oct. 31. Admission free, activity tickets $4, parking $5 weekends, $3 weekdays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2009 | Rich Connell
Cal State Fullerton and Lennar Corp. have reached an agreement to extend the university's lease of classroom space in Irvine's planned Great Park, ending a threat that students would be uprooted in the next few months. The deal announced Thursday will keep the satellite campus operating in its leased space through August 2010, according to a joint statement by the university and the developer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Irvine's Great Park may be behind schedule, but not for lack of plans. The Orange County Great Park board Thursday approved spending $60 million by summer 2009 to build a park around its tethered balloon ride, demolish buildings, create a wildlife corridor and continue designing the 1,347-acre project planned for the closed El Toro Marine base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
The depressed housing market appears to have another target in its sights: Irvine's would-be Great Park. Nearly three years after the city approved a massive residential and commercial development at the closed El Toro Marine base in exchange for a grand park in the heart of suburban Orange County, Irvine officials and struggling home builder Lennar Corp. are in talks about revising the landmark agreement. No homes or businesses have been built. No grassy fields have been planted.
SPORTS
October 31, 1991 | KIM KUTCHER
Saturday's Orange County Cross-Country Championships at Irvine Park were a record-breaker. In the girls' seeded race, Edison senior Shelley Taylor and Sunny Hills sophomore Carrie Garritson broke the course mark of 17 minutes 26 seconds set last year by Katella's Martha Pinto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1998 | VALERIE BURGHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two brothers from Reseda pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that they attacked a group of non-Iranians Sunday at an Iranian new year's event in an Irvine park. Jahad Afridi, 26, and Said Afridi, 23, were charged in Harbor Municipal Court in Newport Beach with two counts each of assault and civil rights violations. Bail was set at $50,000 apiece. The incident occurred in William R.
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September 22, 2007 | Tony Barboza and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
The housing market slump appears to be taking a toll on two signature Orange County projects -- the efforts to create a vibrant downtown near Anaheim's sports venues and the much-anticipated plan to build a mammoth urban park on the old Marine base in Irvine. In Anaheim, city officials were alerted last week that Lennar Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2007 | Ashley Powers and Nardine Saad, Times Staff Writers
A student at a Christian liberal arts college on Friday was the third young man to be charged in connection with the May killings of two members of an Anaheim Hills family and the near-fatal bludgeoning of a third. Charles Anthony Murphy Jr., 22, of Mission Hills faces two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.
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