3 Semifinalists Named for Great Park Design

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The public corporation planning to build a 1,000-acre park in the center of the former El Toro Marine base has whittled seven possible designers down to three.

The semifinalists to design the Orange County Great Park are Mirrales Tagliabue EMBT of Barcelona, Spain, whose plan features hilly terrain and a central lake; Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey of Mill Valley, Calif., proposing an “air terrace” and reflecting pools; and Ken Smith of New York, whose design would create a canyon and central lake.

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