Community Link Newsletter



August 5, 2022 | Edition 82

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 about our community, cultural events and celebrations, and news of interest by reading this newsletter, 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. 

Great Park Map

Plans Approved for Next Phase of Great Park Development

At its July 26 meeting, the Great Park Board took an important step toward securing Great Park’s place as a world-class, metropolitan park when it approved a framework that organizes City Council-identified priority projects as part of the next phase of its development.

The framework vision incorporates plans that connect our community through various outdoor activities, attractions, and entertainment options. These include:

  • A world-class botanic garden & Veterans memorial park
  • A permanent amphitheater
  • Agricultural fields, working farm, and farm-to-table concepts
  • Meadow and lake features
  • An aquatics facility in partnership with USA Water Polo
  • A gym and community center facility
  • Food and beverage programming
  • Flying Leathernecks Air & Space Museum
  • Pretend City Children’s Wellness & Learning Center
  • California Fire Museum

You can view upcoming Great Park projects and future development plans on the City’s website.

Cool Irvine Expo

Cool Irvine Expo is August 13

Irvine residents are invited to be a part of something big by helping the City reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2030 as part of the Cool City Challenge!  


Irvine is one of three California cities selected to participate in the Cool City Challenge, which encourages the development of innovative pathways to carbon neutrality. Learn how to get involved at the Cool Irvine Expo Saturday, August 13, from 11 a.m. to2 p.m. at Hangar 24.  


This free expo is open to all ages and an online RSVP is requested. Guests will learn about sustainable living, disaster preparedness, and how to get more involved as a Cool Block volunteer — all while meeting neighbors and enjoying drinks, food, and fun games. 

Hangar 24 is located at 17877 Von Karman Ave., Unit 110, Irvine. 


Learn more at or email

Keyboard Apply Now

Grants Program Established for Nonprofits Assisting Those in Need 

Through the Irvine Recovery Plan – Vulnerable Populations and Small Business Assistance Grants Program, the City of Irvine will provide two-year grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide services and programs to the Irvine community.

Nonprofits proposing community programs and direct financial assistance programs can apply for funds in one of three categories:

  • Vulnerable population grants

  • Small business assistance grants

  • Emerging nonprofit grants

Please visit to learn more and view the program schedule. Grant applications are due August 24 at 5 p.m. 

Kids in Pool

Splash-In Movie & Recreation Swim 

Leave your mark on the end of summer in the form of a splash! 

Grab your swimsuit, floatie, and family, and come down to the pool for a movie during the Splash-In Movie & Recreation Swim Saturday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. 

Swim and float while Moana plays on the big screen.

Lifeguards will be on duty. An adult must accompany children ages 6 and younger one-on-one if they are in the water during the movie. The recreation swim fee is $2 per child and $4 per adult. Learn more at

American flags

Honor Those Who Serve 

Purple Heart Day is a time for Americans to remember and honor the men and women who bravely represented their county and were wounded or killed while serving. 


These individuals are decorated with a Purple Heart, given by the president. On this day, the Irvine community is encouraged to reflect on the bravery of those who have fought for the U.S. and ensure their courage is never forgotten. 


Visit the City of Irvine’s Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial to pay tribute to Americans who have fallen during their service in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

The Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial is located at Northwood Community Park, 4531 Bryan Ave., at the corner of Yale and Bryan avenues. Learn more.  


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

August 6 | 5:30 p.m. 
Sizzlin' Summer Concert: Pop Vinyl


August 9 | 4 p.m. 
City Council Meeting


August 13 | 6:30 p.m.

Movies on the Lawn: "Sing 2"

August 18| noon

UCI Health Blood Drive

View the City Calendar