Thousands of Community Members Gather at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine to Celebrate Opening of Great Park Trails

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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FivePoint, along with the City of Irvine, celebrated the opening of Great Park Trails by gathering thousands of community members to exchange high-fives along the entire length of the nearly 1.5-mile trail during the June 15 Great High Five and Bosque Celebration.

The region’s newest trail, park, and natural landscape was built and funded by FivePoint, and is now owned and operated by the City of Irvine within the Orange County Great Park.

“A high-five is a symbol of celebration and congratulations – and we congratulate the City of Irvine for setting the tone and taking leadership as a city to demonstrate what could be done through a unique public-private partnership,” said FivePoint Chairman and CEO Emile Haddad. “This is a special day not only because we created this amenity, but because we aspired to build a space that provides equal access to everyone, and by doing so, we can show that there is space in the world for everyone.”

A man in a black jacket facing the camera raises his hand to high five a young boy in a red jacket.

Participants of the Great High Five and Bosque Celebration gather in celebration of the opening of the Great Park Trails.

A crowd of people stand under falling orange and blue confetti.


FivePoint, a Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle member, and City of Irvine saw participation from many Irvine-based institutions such as the Orange County Soccer Club, Great Park Ice/Anaheim Ducks, Girl Scouts of Orange County, and Komen Orange County.

Bill Cook, a local veteran who was once on the land now occupied by the trail when it was the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, was the first to start the high-five chain. Community groups, schools, nonprofits, and businesses lined up along the trail and took turns “high-fiving” the person next to them in a spirit of connection and togetherness. The event concluded with remarks by Haddad, Irvine Councilmember Farrah Khan, and City of Irvine Mayor Christina Shea. Attendees were also treated to commemorative gifts, refreshments, family-friendly activities, and music, and had the opportunity to sign community walls located throughout the trail to share an “I was here” message with fellow participants.

Great Park Trails is the latest milestone in a public-private partnership between its developer, Irvine-based FivePoint, and its owner and operator, the City of Irvine, to create a world-class metropolitan park and life-enriching experiences within the Orange County Great Park. Latest milestones in delivering this vision include:

  • A multi-sports complex approximately twice the size of Disneyland that includes soccer, baseball, softball and flex fields, volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, and championship stadiums;
  • A 12,000-seat FivePoint Amphitheatre venue for live music operated by Live Nation;
  • Two K-8 schools and one high school to complement Irvine’s nationally-renowned school district (Cadence Park School, Beacon Park School, and Portola High School);
  • FivePoint Arena at Great Park Ice, one of the nation’s largest and most state-of-the-art complexes for hockey, figure skating, and other ice sports financed by an affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.

Great Park Trails includes meandering pathways that connect the Orange County Great Park with people living and visiting from surrounding communities. Its amenities include:

  • Three pedestrian and bike trail underpasses;
  • Class 1 bike trails and pedestrian trails;
  • Respite areas with seating, drinking fountains, parking lots, restrooms;
  • A children’s play area; overhead shade and lighting.

The sweeping landscape features open spaces lined with California native and drought-tolerant plants. The habitat was designed with sustainability goals in mind, including conservation of water, reduction in energy use, recycling of materials, honoring the land’s history, and integration of environmental-friendly features.


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