Community Link Newsletter: February 29-March 7, 2024


Community Link Newsletter

February 29, 2024 | Edition 161


City of Irvine Preserves Live Music

at the Great Park

Great Park Live

The City of Irvine City Council and the Great Park Board approved the setup and operation of the temporary Great Park amphitheater, Great Park Live. 


In October, after the Five Point Amphitheatre announced its closure, the City began working to develop a plan to be able to avoid a gap in the delivery of live music in Irvine. After reviewing multiple options, the City Council authorized the establishment of a temporary live music venue that can accommodate a crowd of 5,000 at the Great Park Sports Complex. Once established, the facility will serve as the summer home for the Pacific Symphony and will host other live entertainment acts for the summer concert seasons in 2024, 2025, and 2026. The venue will also serve as a community hub for the Sports Complex and the surrounding neighborhoods, with plans for a wide variety of cultural programming, entertainment, and food and beverage offerings.


Learn more about Great Park Live on the City of Irvine website

Great Park Development

Great Park Partners Bring Framework Vision to Reality 

The City of Irvine conducted a robust search for the world's greatest architects, developers, and community partners. Through a competitive process, the City selected and enlisted Almquist Development to bring the retail portion of the Great Park Framework Plan vision to reality.

Almquist Development will begin construction on an approximate 80,000-square-foot retail center in mid-2024, which will include a grocery store, drive-thru restaurants, and other businesses. Learn more about the future of food, beverage, and retail at the Great Park


Almquist has developed Rodeo 39 Public Market in Stanton and Rodeo X in Ontario, and is behind the River Street Marketplace opening in spring 2024 in San Juan Capistrano. You can learn more about Almquist by watching their video

Learn about Almquist Development
The Future of Food, Beverage, and Retail at the Great Park

Vote on Measure D March 5

The Irvine City Council took action to pursue City Council expansion and a shift to district-based elections. On March 5, Irvine voters will have an opportunity to decide whether to expand the City Council from five to seven members and transition to district elections. 


Read our FAQ about Measure D, the Council Expansion and Districting charter amendment, and what it means for Irvine residents. 


Cast your vote at any Vote Center in Orange County. Find a list of voting locations at


Visit or call our Election Hotline at 949-724-6159 for more questions. 

Slurry Seal

Annual Street Rehabilitation and Slurry Seal

Begins in March 

Beginning March 2 and continuing throughout the month, the City of Irvine will begin our annual slurry seal on City streets over the weekends.


The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, at the following locations:

  • Culver Drive

    • Irvine Center Drive to Walnut Avenue – March 2, 3, 16, and 17

    • Bryan Avenue to Meadowood – March 9, 10, 16, and 17

    • Meadowood to Portola – March 16 and 17

  • Irvine Center Drive

    • Harvard Avenue. to Culver Drive – March 2

  • Alton Parkway

    • Paseo Westpark to Culver Drive – March 23 and 24

    • Culver Drive to Jeffrey Road – March 30 and 31

  • Harvard Avenue

    • Barranca Pkwy to San Juan – March 23 and 24

    • Coronado to University Drive – March 23 and 24

While every effort will be made to keep traffic flowing, streets will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the work, and motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes, if possible.


If you have questions, please contact Anthony Caraveo, Senior Project Manager at or by calling 949-724-7555.


Great Park Construction Notice

The City of Irvine is starting work on the next phase of demolition in the Northern Sector, which includes areas identified in the Great Park Framework Plan as the Great Meadow and North and South Lakes. The project will include the removal and lawful disposal of existing utilities within the project limits, including, but not limited to, water, sewer, storm drain, electrical, and communications facilities. Work will include clearing and grubbing, excavation, backfill, stockpiling of concrete pipe, and the removal and lawful disposal of spoils if required.

Great Park

Demolition work will occur outside of typical commute
hours — between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends — and should not impact Great Park neighborhoods, motorists,
or the use of the Great Park sports fields after school.


Demolition and remediation is expected to begin the week of March 4 and last approximately five months. For more information, visit the Great Park Development Demolition and Remediation webpage. For questions or concerns about demolition or construction, call 949-724-6676 or email

Foster Donation Drive

Support Irvine's Puppies and Kittens in March 

You're invited to help the Irvine Animal Care Center's new puppies, kittens, and other animals during the Foster Donation Drive, March 1-31. 


Donate supplies that can help our animals post-surgery and those healing from an injury. Donations can be made through the center's Amazon or Chewy wish lists, or can be made in-person at the Foster Donation Celebration Saturday, March 9, 1-3 p.m. 


The center’s Foster Care program provides a safe home environment, supplies, food, and veterinary care for animals too young to be adopted, those with behavior needs, and those recovering from medical procedures. Members of the public interested in providing temporary care for these animals can 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.


March 2024: National Women's History Month 

At its February 27 City Council meeting, the Irvine City Council proclaimed March 2024 as National Women's History Month. Women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our community in countless ways. Women have served as early leaders at the forefront of every major social change movement and play a crucial economic, cultural, and social role in every sphere of life by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside the home. 


This year's theme for the observance is "Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion," which acknowledges women throughout the country who understand that bias and discrimination need to be eliminated to ensure a positive future.  


The City of Irvine is proud to honor this history and the contributions of women in our community. 


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

March 4 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission Meeting


March 5 | 5:30 p.m.
Transportation Commission



March 6 | 5:30 p.m.
Community Services Commission


March 7 | 5:30 p.m.
Planning Commission


View the City Calendar 

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