O.C. Great Park given expansion approval

IRVINE, Calif. Sunday, the board gave the approval for Great Park Chief Executive Officer Mike Ellzey to negotiate agreements in two priority programs for children, youth and families.

The Discovery Science Center hopes to build a Nature Education Garden in the Great Park, which would be a stepping stone to a Botanical Garden and Life Science Museum.

Plans for the 11.6-acre garden would blend nature, life science and education in a garden setting, and it would feature sustainable and organic garden practices, home gardening and stewardship of natural resources.

The other project is a Center for Community Organizations, developed by the Orange County Children and Families Commission.

The facility, which would be approximately 75,000 to 100,000 square feet, would be located in the park and provide office, planning and conference space for nonprofit organizations to operate more efficiently while providing important community services.

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