Community Link Newsletter: Try a Cycle Track | Charge Up | Dance the Night Away


Community Link Newsletter

August 11, 2023 | Edition 134

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 Framework Plan Update

Great Park Demolition

The Great Park Framework Plan is underway! Through mid-2025, the City will tear down buildings, remove infrastructure, and prepare the site for its grand transformation as part of the Great Park Framework Plan. 


Demolition work will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays  – and should not impact Great Park neighborhoods, motorists, or the use of the Great Park sports fields. 


Stay up to date with the latest construction news by viewing our Demolition & Remediation Activities webpage. Here you can read the latest construction reports and notices.


Explore more information related to the Great Park by visiting our Great Park Development website at Here you can learn more about the history of the park; check out the development timeline; view demolition and remediation updates; and sustainability plans for the park. Plus, you can peruse photos and renderings of the Great Park past, present, and future.  

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South Yale Cycle Track

Try the New Cycle Track along the South Yale Corridor

The City of Irvine has been working with our community to explore bicycle and pedestrian-friendly alternatives along South Yale Avenue between the 405 Freeway and University Drive. 


Join us Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the demonstration event on Yale Avenue between Michelson Drive and Royce Road. The event will provide an opportunity for community members to drive their vehicles and/or ride their bikes while experiencing this type of improvement along Yale Avenue.


For more information, view our flier and visit

EV Chargers

Charge Up in the City of Irvine

The City of Irvine is committed to reducing vehicle emissions and making the switch to an electric vehicle more accessible and affordable. The City has more than 720 charging stations open for public use and has plans for additional chargers.


EV Charging at the Irvine Civic Center

Eight Level 2 stalls, plus two DC fast-chargers, are available at the Irvine Civic Center. Users need to set up a ChargePoint account to use the chargers. 


EV Charging at the Great Park

There are 166 Level 2 EV chargers at the Great Park in parking lots 4, 5, and 6, with more to come. Visitors can simply scan the QR code on the chargers and make a payment through the portal.


Charging rates are subject to change and are currently $0.39/kWh for DC fast-charging and $0.34/kWh for Level 2 charging. Stall parking is limited to three hours, and users will incur an overstay fee if their vehicle remains in the charging space beyond this time limit.


For a list of all EV charging stations in Irvine and more information, visit

Summer Dance Party

Dust off your Dancing Shoes for the Summer Dance Party! 

You’re invited to the Summer Dance Party at the Great Park Hangar 244 this Saturday, August 12, at 6 p.m.


Featuring an 80s DJ and live band – Neon Nation – this family-friendly party is designed for guests of all ages. Food trucks will be available on-site to purchase snacks and beverages to help energize your dance moves.


Hit the dance floor; groove to the music; and come out and play at Summer in the City.


The Summer Dance Party is presented as part of the new summer event series, Summer in the City, which features a variety of fun, family events throughout June, July, and August.


For more information, visit

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Pledge Your Safety Around the Water 

Play it safe this summer around the water by attending the Orange County Fire Authority's (OCFA) Water Safety Pop-Up events in Irvine Tuesday, August 15, at 3 p.m. 


Stop by the event locations to see a fire engine, meet OCFA firefighters, and learn how to stay safe around the water.


Children will be presented with a certificate for taking the water safety pledge and can take home a summer treat and giveaways. 


The event will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the following fire stations in Irvine:

  • Fire Station 20
    7050 Corsair

  • Fire Station 36
    301 E. Yale Loop

For more information, visit

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Enjoy Food, Drink, Shopping, and Entertainment at Irvine Nights

Join the City of Irvine Friday, August 18, at 5 p.m. for an unforgettable night of fun, food, and festivities at Irvine Nights – the ultimate night market experience at the Great Park.


Create lasting memories with your community while enjoying good food, music, and activities. Enjoy music from Twist on Taylor, a Taylor Swift tribute band, and sample a wide variety of culinary delights from around the world. Those who are 21 and over can also purchase wine and beer. Irvine Nights offers exciting games and activities for kids, and shopping.


Don't miss this opportunity for an evening of fun for the entire family at the Great Park. Learn more at


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.

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National Liberation Day of Korea/Victory Over Japan Day & Indian Independence Day

August 15: National Liberation Day of Korea, or Victory over Japan Day commemorates the liberation of Korea from Japanese rule in 1945. While Korea has been an independent nation for centuries, it was invaded multiple times, the last during the period of Japanese rule. The day the United States and Allied powers helped liberate Korea from 35 years of Japanese rule became known as Victory Over Japan Day. It took three years after Korea became independent in 1945 for the nation to establish the Republic of Korea. Many countries celebrate Victory Over Japan Day August 15; however, America celebrates this day in September when the Japanese formally signed a declaration of surrender. 


August 15: Indian Independence Day commemorates the day when India gained independence from British colonial rule in 1947. The struggle for independence was a long and arduous one, marked by various movements, protests, and efforts led by freedom fighters and prominent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, and many others. 


On August 15, 1947, India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, hoisted the Indian national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi, signaling the end of British colonial rule and the beginning of a new chapter in Indian history as an independent nation. 


Independence Day is a national holiday in India. The day's festivities typically include flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, cultural events, and various programs that showcase India's rich cultural diversity and achievements. 




Upcoming Meetings & Events 

August 16 | 5:30 p.m.

Community Services Commission Meeting


August 17 | 9 a.m.

Senior Citizens Council Meeting 

August 17 |  5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission Meeting

View the City Calendar 

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