Oak Creek Community Park Improvement Project
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The City of Irvine has developed a draft preferred concept plan for improving Oak Creek Community Park. This plan will focus on enhancing the services and facilities provided within the 11.8-acre park. Your input is needed on the types of park amenities you would like to see, including amenities for a new dog park at the site.
Park Background & Proposed Rehabilitation Plans
Dedicated in 2001, the 11.8-acre site consists of two soccer fields, one ball diamond, a playground area, a restroom building, one covered group picnic area with eight picnic tables, and approximately 95 parking spaces. The current ball diamond is also utilized as a flex field for baseball, lacrosse, and soccer.
The City has a license agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE) on the adjacent parcel consisting of 8 acres of undeveloped land. The City envisions development of park improvements on this adjacent parcel, pending SCE approval of the site plan.
The proposed improvement plan would update the site, including the existing park and adjacent licensed property. It includes development of the following elements:
- Improved irrigation and new natural turf on two soccer fields,
- New lighted dog park,
- A natural turf flex field,
- ADA updates to existing walkways/pathways and the restroom, and
- Additional parking.
Oak Creek Community Park is located at 15616 Valley Oak Drive, in Irvine. It is between Valley Oak and Sand Canyon, and is adjacent to a Southern California Edison (SCE) utility parcel along Barranca Parkway. The park is primarily programmed for active sport use; however, a significant number of people access the park for passive recreation activities. A pedestrian walkway connects the Oak Creek Park to the Sand Canyon Business Center, a large campus office complex with outdoor workspace, recreation courts, and a cafe.
Central Bark Move and City Facility Improvements
The park improvements are planned in conjunction with a project taking place at the shared site of the Central Bark dog park, City Operations Support Facility, and the Irvine Animal Care Center (near the intersection of Oak Canyon and Valley Oak Drive). The City is making safety, customer service and administration support improvements to that site, which will include expansion into the current dog park location. The improvements include an expansion of the Operations Support Facility, as well as the relocation of fueling capabilities. The Irvine Animal Care Center will add a new clinic, increased parking, training areas, administration spaces, and adoption spaces, as well as rehabilitation of all animal related areas. Moving the dog park to a new location allows for expansion while providing an opportunity for an improved dog park.
The City of Irvine will seek feedback to assist with the Oak Creek Community Park Improvements Project. Community outreach for the project will include community meetings and online surveys. There are two surveys, available through January 31: a community park survey, and a survey focused on dog park amenities. Input provided through these surveys will be presented in public meetings held in February, and will inform the design of a plan for improving Oak Creek Community Park.
Please note that any preferred alternative concept will require approval of a Park Design Modification by the Community Services Commission at a public hearing, which will also be open to the public. Information on the public hearing will be posted on this site once it has been scheduled. The City is required to provide a public notice at least 15 days prior to a public hearing.
Connect with Us
The City of Irvine welcomes input from the community. If you are interested in providing individual feedback outside of the planned outreach or have additional questions, park planning staff would be happy to provide more project details. Please contact City of Irvine Senior Planner Kathleen Haton at 949-724-6667 or email@example.com.