Community Link Newsletter: February 22-29, 2024


Community Link Newsletter

February 22, 2024 | Edition 160

Inside Irvine Spring 2024

 Read Spring 2024

Inside Irvine 

Read the spring edition of Inside Irvine for the latest information on City news and activities.


Learn about living sustainably in Irvine and how parks and recreation facility improvement projects are enhancing the quality of life in our City.


Plus, browse all programs and events available for kids and adults this spring, as well as spring and summer camps, in the Activity Guide. See the most updated activities and sign up at; registration is now open. 


Read the spring edition of Inside Irvine, the official magazine and activity guide for the City of Irvine.

Skate park

Great Park All-Wheeled Plaza Community Town Hall 

The City of Irvine is conducting a concept development and feasibility study for a new all-wheeled plaza at the Great Park. This designed space has the potential to be one of the finest in the country, with multiple amenities to attract wheeled action sports from bikes and skateboards, to scooters and wheelchairs.


The community’s input and ideas are crucial as we shape the vision and future of the Great Park. The City has engaged a skate park and landscape design team, and together with your input, we can create a space that truly reflects the needs and aspirations of our vibrant community.


Join the Community Listening & Feedback Town Hall Thursday, February 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Portola Springs Community Park to share your input on the all-wheeled plaza.


You can also share your feedback by emailing Ryan Painter at Learn more at

vote early

Let your Voice be Heard in the March 5 Special Municipal Election

Did you know if more than 50% of residents vote in favor of Measure D – the Council Expansion and Districting charter amendment – the City of Irvine will transition to district-based elections, starting with the November 2024 election cycle?


Cast your vote early in the March 5 Special Municipal Election, where Measure D will appear on the ballot. Select Vote Centers open to the public this Saturday, February 24. 


Visit to learn more about your voting options. 


57-Hour Closure of Northbound 5 Freeway Connector to Northbound 405 Freeway

i-5 closure map

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the connector from the northbound I-5 Freeway to the northbound I-405 Freeway for 57 hours beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, February 23, until 5 a.m. Monday, February 26, weather permitting. 


The connector will also be closed the following weekend (March 1–4), weather permitting. 


The closure is part of a construction project to rehabilitate pavement on various connectors throughout Orange County. Detour signage will be in place to assist motorists.


Detour Information:

  • Exit northbound I-5 Freeway at Alton Parkway.
  • Turn left onto Alton Parkway.
  • Turn left onto Irvine Center Drive.
  • Veer right onto the northbound I-405 Freeway.

Please adhere to all posted signs and traffic instructions for the safety of all workers and motorists. Electronic changeable message signs will notify drivers of the closures. The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.

For questions, email Caltrans at 

Orange County Sanitation District

Learn about your Water

Wondering what happens to the water once it goes down the drain? Wonder no more. Hear directly from the people who work at Orange County Sanitation District (OC San) through their Wastewater 101 Citizens Academy.


As the regional wastewater treatment agency responsible for safely collecting, treating, and disposing the wastewater generated by 2.6 million people living in a 479-square-mile area of central and northwest Orange County, there are so many pieces of what the agency does. This academy will break down all pieces of OC San so that you can walk away with a better understanding of what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.


Visit to sign up.


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.


February 15: Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday 

Susan B. Anthony was a prominent American civil rights leader who fought for women's suffrage and equal rights in the 19th century. She was born in 1820 and died in 1906. She co-founded the National Women's Suffrage Association and was also a member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. In 1872, she was arrested for voting in the presidential election, which was illegal for women at the time. Her activism and trial helped bring national attention to the women's suffrage movement. 


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Feb. 27 | 2 & 4 p.m.

Great Park and City Council Meeting


Feb. 28 | 1:30 p.m.
Zoning Administrator Meeting 


Feb. 28 | 5:30 p.m.
Irvine Children, Youth, and Families Advisory Committee


View the City Calendar 

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