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Community Link

August 13, 2021 | Edition 33

Welcome to the Community Link Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter aims to keep residents and businesses connected to us and all that is going on in and throughout the City. You can connect with us and learn more by visiting our website at, and following us on our social media channels, listed at the bottom of this email. We look forward to connecting with you. 


Irvine Adopts Carbon Neutral Goal 

Irvine is now the third city in California, and the first in Orange County, to adopt a carbon neutral goal by 2030.   


At its August 10 meeting, the Irvine City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to address climate change in Irvine’s environment, values, and energy sources. Known as the Irvine ACHIEVES resolution, it is a key component in our City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and lays out strategies for our climate planning efforts, including the 2030 goal.  


The City Council also authorized staff to apply for the Cool City Challenge to seek funding and technical support to help develop and implement our climate plan. You can learn more about the City's climate planning efforts and the Irvine ACHIEVES climate resolution at


Jeffrey Open Space Trail Completion


The City of Irvine was presented a $14.5 million check from Senator Dave Min at Cypress Community Center Wednesday, August 11, for the completion of the Jeffrey Open Space Trail project.

The Jeffrey Open Space Trail, or JOST, currently stretches 3.5 miles through the heart of Irvine. The $14.5 million will support a critical piece of the trail that has yet to be finished: a 1.5-mile extension running from Barranca to I-5. The extension will link existing bike and pedestrian trails, include a 15-footwide bridge stretching almost 1,200 feet over the Interstate 5, and connect the coastline to the Santa Ana Mountains and Cleveland National Forest. For more information about the JOST, visit


Hop on the Great Park Carousel! 

The City of Irvine is excited to announce the reopening of the Great Park Carousel after undergoing renovations. Improvements to this family-favorite attraction at Great Park includes the repainting of 12 animals; replacement of the decking, mirrors, and artwork; re-polished brass; and new coats of polyurethane to keep the carousel in optimal shape for years to come. 


The carousel is open 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Single rides are $3, with all-day passes available for $10. Learn more at

Inside Irvine

Fall Inside Irvine is here!

The fall issue of Inside Irvine is here! Learn how you can celebrate the 20th annual Irvine Global Village Festival and the City's 50th anniversary this year, discover how to connect with City Hall digitally from the comfort of your own home, and take steps now to prepare for wildfire season. 

Plus, browse all programs, camps, and events available for kids and adults this fall in the Activity Guide. Learn more at

Art Market

Visit the Final Summer Art Market August 15

The City of Irvine invites the community to the final Irvine Summer Art Market, Sunday, August 15 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Summer Art Market is a monthly outdoor artisans marketplace at Great Park. Visitors can enjoy the park while browsing unique locally made wares and viewing live art demonstrations. The Irvine Summer Art Market is located in the Palm Court Arts Complex at the Great Park. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at

50th Anniversary

Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

fun fact

You may have driven on Jeffrey Road, utilized the Jeffrey Open Space Trail, or maybe even attended Jeffrey Trail Middle School. Have you ever wondered who Jeffrey is? Turns out these are all named after George Jeffrey (front left), a lima bean farmer on the Irvine Ranch who came to town in 1897. Years later, in 1922, Jeffrey became a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors where he became known for his work designing and constructing local roads, including Irvine Boulevard.

Learn more Irvine history tomorrow, August 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Irvine Historical Museum Open House. View artifacts and exhibits, and take a docent-led tour of the museum, located at 5 San Joaquin. For more information, email
Photo courtesy Orange County Archives 


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

August 16 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission


August 17 | 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Commission

August 19 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

View the City Calendar 

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