Community Link Newsletter



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May 26, 2023 | Edition 123

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. 


Next Phase of Great Park Development Begins

Irvine City Councilmembers shovel a pile of dirt at the groundbreaking for the Great Park
Demolition of a building that was part of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro
The Great Park logo with an orange balloon

This week, the City launched the next phase of development at the Great Park — the Great Park Framework Plan.


On Tuesday, May 23, a groundbreaking ceremony brought together local officials, community leaders, project stakeholders, and residents to usher in this exciting new chapter for our City.


The event included the demolition of a former MCAS El Toro building, and the debut of a new Great Park logo and website.


The Great Park Framework Plan brings over 300 acres of innovative and unique public space to the park, including lakes, gardens, live music, museums, wide open meadows, and space to honor those who served. Grounded in history and driven by community, this next phase will bring an expanded array of recreational and cultural opportunities to Irvine and the region as a park for all.

A woman riding her bike on a trail during golden hour

Irvine Parks Ranked Fourth Nationally

For the eighth consecutive year, the City of Irvine's park system has been ranked among the top 10 in the nation by the Trust for Public Land.


Irvine ranked fourth in the country and first in California in the national nonprofit’s annual ParkScore Index, which is recognized as the national gold-standard comparison of park systems across the 100 most populated cities in the United States. The index is based on factors including park access, acreage, investment, and amenities.


Highlights from the ParkScore Index include: 

  • Ninety-four percent of Irvine residents live within a half-mile walk of a park.

  • A total of $284 per capita is spent each year on publicly accessible parks and recreation in Irvine, which is among the highest nationwide.

  • About 26% of the City is considered publicly accessible parkland, earning Irvine a perfect score for the percentage of overall area dedicated to parkland.  

Learn more about Irvine's ParkScore ranking

Help Shape the Future of Irvine

Help Shape How Future

City Elections are Held 

We hope you will join us Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. for the seventh community forum regarding the City’s potential shift to district-based Council elections.


This workshop will be held at Lakeview Senior Center and is open to anyone interested in getting involved in the City's pursuit to move to district elections. You will have the opportunity to share input on where you think the district lines should be drawn.


There are two map drawing tools you can use to create your own district map, so it can be submitted for consideration:

📍Paper maps that can be printed and drawn on.
📍Online drawing tool called Dave's Redistricting App (DRA).


Learn more about the districting process and how to draw your own map at


Arts supplies and the words Studio Arts Festival

Studio Arts Festival is June 3

Meet local artists and discover beautiful, original, hand-crafted pieces at the 29th annual Studio Arts Festival Saturday, June 3 ,from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


This event will showcase more than 100 local artists and their handmade, original works of art for purchase including hand-blown glass, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, woodworking, clothing, and more.


The Studio Arts Festival will be held outdoors at Heritage Community Park. Admission and parking are free. 

Two people holding a dog

Find a Furry Best Friend at

the Super Pet Adoption Event

Bring your friends and family to the Irvine Animal Care Center Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Super Pet Adoption & Fundraiser event.


Meet over 100 adoptable animals from local pet rescue groups. Shop local vendors with products for pets and people. Enjoy food from gourmet food trucks, and win big at the opportunity drawing.


Admission is $5 at the door; children are free. Proceeds support special programs for animals in need. 

Framed pictures on display on easels at Irvine City Hall

What is Love in the Time of Hate? AAPI Youth PhotoVoice Project on Display at City Hall

Photos documenting stories and memories of love and care within the Asian American Pacific Islander community are on display at Irvine City Hall through Friday, June 2.


The photos were created by high school students in the Asian American Youth Leadership (AAYL) program using PhotoVoice, a technique that utilizes photography to help people represent themselves and tell their own stories.


AAYL is a community-based youth leadership program offered in partnership with the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center and UC Irvine’s Humanities Center. It aims to cultivate the next generation of Asian American leaders who can help develop just and equitable solutions to social challenges and needs.


To view the What is Love in the Time of Hate? AAPI Youth PhotoVoice Project, stop by City Hall during business hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that City Hall is closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.


This Week in DE&I  

There are many cultural and religious holidays celebrated and recognized throughout our community this month. Learn about some of the significant dates being observed in Irvine below and on our DE&I calendar.

Outline of a soldier saluting and an American flag waving

This weekend, we offer our sincere thanks and deepest gratitude to all who have served in our armed forces, and we pay tribute to those who have given their lives to defend our freedom. Please join us in honoring their sacrifice at two Memorial Day events.


Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, May 28, at 4 p.m.

Northwood Community Park


A special candle lighting ceremony featuring guest speaker Col. Willard A. Buhl USMC (Ret.) will be held at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial. Attendees can light a remembrance candle and complete wall rubbings of names on the Memorial. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.


Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, at 10 a.m.

Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park


The Commanding Officer from Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion will speak and pay tribute to fallen service members. Attendees will have the opportunity to memorialize the sacrifice of service men and women by writing down a brief remembrance that will be posted on a memory board at the event. For those wishing to express gratitude to members of Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion, cards will be available to send a message of appreciation and support.



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

June 1

Final Day of HomeAid OC's Diaper Drive


June 4 | 1 p.m.

Great Park Art Exhibition Receptions



June 6 | 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Commission

June 10 | Noon 
One Irvine Community
Resource Fair


View the City Calendar