Irvine Leaders to Drop Orange County from Great Park Name

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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(Orange County Register)

Irvine will remove the reference to Orange County in the name of its Great Park, the City Council decided on July 27, saying the city should be highlighted for its operating and ownership of the roughly 1,300-acre attraction.

The council voted 4-1 to drop the county from the park’s moniker, “in a phased manner that will utilize the least amount of funds spread over the longest time possible,” CouncilmanMike Carroll said during a meeting of the Great Park Board of Directors, which Irvine’s council members comprise.

Great Park Manager Steve Torelli told the city’s leaders the renaming would come at a cost of about $360,000. That money would be needed to replace signs, door placards, handouts, uniforms, and other physical items which bear the name of the recreational site. Updating official documents and the park’s website wouldn’t incur additional costs on top of what’s already budgeted for staff time, he said.

Councilman Larry Agran, who voted against the renaming, and some residents who spoke at the meeting questioned whether that cost figure underestimated how much money the undertaking would need.

After numerous remarks from community members in opposition to the city spending money on renaming the site, which they said is already known to many as simply “The Great Park,” he suggested officials conduct surveys to document interest from residents.

Irvine Mayor Farrah Kahn asked the public to “have an open mind,” saying that, as the city becomes more populous, “there are going to be some growing pains, there are going to be some changes.

“But we’re doing it because we do believe that our city deserves to be known not only nationally, but throughout the world.”

For more information on the Orange County Great Park and other things to do in Irvine, visit DestinationIrvine.com.

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