Palm Court Arts Complex

Please note: To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, some indoor facilities and outdoor recreational spaces may be closed or have modified access until further notice. 

Playgrounds and outdoor park spaces, including the Farm + Food Lab, are open for drop-in use. In accordance with state guidelines, gatherings of people from more than three households are prohibited, and individuals must maintain physical distance from others outside of their group. Attractions such as the Balloon and Carousel remain closed. The Sports Complex is now open for professional sporting activities, without fans in attendance.

Under current state guidelines, indoor galleries can re-open. The Great Park Gallery's newest exhibition is currently open. Hangar 244 is undergoing renovations, and exhibitions there and at the Artist Studios will re-open soon. Learn more at the City Facility Updates webpage

 


 

The Palm Court Arts Complex is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Artist Studios. This civic space also features Hangar 244, a 10,000-square-foot event center; a shaded outdoor performance plaza enhanced by 54 Canary Islands date palms; and the Great Park’s first site-specific permanent public art installation.

Visitors will discover that the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro’s World War II-era atmosphere and architecture have been preserved by means of adaptive reuse of existing buildings, a strategy that aligns with the Park’s ecological values. The Palm Court’s re-purposed military structures now form a cultural campus supporting the development of a fresh approach to establishing an interdisciplinary, public arts program.

Exhibitions

The Great Park Gallery, Artist Studios, and Hangar 244 tie the history of the park with its future through a robust exhibition calendar. 

Ghost Building 243

The park's original planners first memorialized the base with the design of Ghost Building 243 located in the center of the Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex. In the park's first site-specific art installation, strips of aquamarine glass embedded in the pavement mark the exact location of exterior and interior walls of an original MCAS El Toro building that was removed to make way for the one-acre Palm Court Plaza and outdoor performance space. Visitors can walk the space, with each Ghost Building room labeled by plaques in the ground.

Terraced Lawn

The Terraced Lawn connects the Great Park Sports Complex to the Palm Court Arts Complex and Great Park Balloon area, and serves as an outdoor performance venue for many Great Park events including the annual summer tradition, Movies on the Lawn.