Irvine Police Department Press Release

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



Farrah Emami
Public Information Officer

Sizdeh Bedar Celebration in Irvine

IRVINE, CA – Members of the Persian community and their guests will gather at William R. Mason Regional Park on Sunday, March 29, 2015, for “Sizdeh Bedar,” an outdoor celebration on the 13th day of the Persian New Year. 

William R. Mason Regional Park, an OC Park, is located in the City of Irvine at 18712 University Drive.  This event historically attracts thousands of people and will result in periods of severe traffic congestion along roadways surrounding Mason Park. The following roadways will likely experience traffic delays due to event traffic: Culver Drive between Campus Drive and the I-405 freeway; Harvard Avenue between Culver Drive and Michelson Drive.

In anticipation of the traffic congestion associated with this event, the Irvine Police Department is suggesting motorists use alternate routes when driving in this area between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. 

Major thoroughfares in the vicinity may be posted with “No parking, tow away,” and will be strictly enforced. Access to the village of Rancho San Joaquin will be limited to residents and their guests with parking permits. Columbia Square will be limited to those with valid residential parking stickers.

University Drive will be closed between Michelson Drive and Culver Drive from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to accommodate the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation half marathon road race.
Parking within Mason Regional Park is $15.00 per vehicle and is limited to 600 vehicles. University High School, located at the intersection of Culver Drive and Campus Drive, will provide limited paid parking. Private parking lots in the area may allow parking for a fee. The City of Irvine does not regulate parking fees at any of these sites.  A “temporary loading zone” will be established on University Drive between Harvard and San Joaquin.  Additional overflow parking will be available on the University of California, Irvine campus.
For more information about parking or the event, please visit

The City of Irvine wishes the Persian community a very happy New Year and a joyful Sizdeh Bedar!



One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 724-7000
"Working In Partnership with the Community"


Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 250,384, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.  For more information, please visit 

Irvine Police Department