Oak Creek Community Park Improvement Project

Draft Concept Plan

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The City of Irvine has developed a draft concept plan for improving Oak Creek Community Park. This plan focuses on enhancing services and expanding facilities.

Park Background & Proposed Draft Concept Plan

Oak Creek Community Park is located at 15616 Valley Oak Drive, between Valley Oak and Sand Canyon. Dedicated in 2001, the park site consists of two lighted 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.

While the 11.8-acre park is primarily programmed for active sport use, a significant number of people access the park for passive recreation activities. A pedestrian walkway connects the park to the Sand Canyon Business Center, a large campus office complex with outdoor workspace, recreation courts, and a cafe.

In summary, the project includes development of the following elements:

  • New lighted dog park,
  • Improved irrigation and new natural turf on two soccer fields,
  • 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 Proposed Oak Creek Community Park Improvements(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 Relocation and Other City Facility Improvements

The Oak Creek Community Park project was planned in conjunction with other improvements taking place at a shared City-owned site that consists of the Central Bark Dog Park, City Operations Support Facility (OSF), 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 those sites, which will necessitate the relocation of the Central Bark Dog Park. These improvements include an expansion of the OSF, as well as the relocation of its fueling station.

The Irvine Animal Care Center will also be improved to expand and modernize its existing facilities. On June 1, 2022, City Staff presented an update on this project to the Community Services Commission. The project team shared concepts for the Irvine Animal Care Center to add a modernized clinic, refurbish animal kennel buildings, add customer and animal interaction areas, add a multipurpose room, update administration and reception spaces, add parking, and rehabilitate all animal related areas.

View Irvine Animal Care Center Project Update - June 1, 2022

Community Outreach

Prior to developing the proposed draft concept plan for Oak Creek Community Park, the City of Irvine conducted a community outreach program. To date, outreach efforts have included community meetings and online surveys. Two surveys were conducted in January 2021: one focused on a community park, and one focused on dog park amenities. Input provided through these surveys was presented in two public meetings held in February 2021.

February 16, 2021: Dog Park Virtual Community Meeting

To view a recording of this meeting, click here.

February 24, 2021: Community Park Virtual Meeting

To view a recording of this meeting, click here.

This information was used to inform the design of the proposed draft concept plan for improving Oak Creek Community Park.

 


Next Steps

An environmental analysis of the plan is currently in process. Once the analysis is complete, it will undergo a 30-day public review period. Environmental documents will be posted on this website and will be available for review during that time.

Please note that the proposed draft concept plan requires 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 public notice at least 15 days prior to a public hearing. Please check back on this webpage, as updates will be posted when they are available.

Connect with Us

The City of Irvine welcomes input from the community. If you are interested in providing individual feedback 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 khaton@cityofirvine.org.