Great Park Orange County
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Great Park stalled

Great Park Orange County
Nearly three years after the city of Irvine approved a massive residential and commercial development project there, the hangars and runways are still intact at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Home builder Lennar was supposed to build a Great Park in exchange for the development, but with the recent economic downturn no homes have been built and the promised 45-hole golf course is on hold. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
What used to be
The sign for the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro represents the facility’s history. Development plans were made when the housing market was strong. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Rubble has piled up at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Most of the future park’s 1,347 acres remain off limits to the public. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
From the air
The Marine Corps Air Station seen in 2000. (Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
On paper
Ken Smith’s design for the park was one of three finalists in the search for how to develop the land. (Ken Smith)
Vision of the future
Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey’s design was another of the visions of the Great Park. (Royston)