FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 21, 2011
CONTACT: JENN STARNES, 949-724-6574
The Great Park Presents “Community Safety Expo”
Event offers fun, free activities and safety tips for the whole family
IRVINE – Orange County’s finest public safety officers will be joined by Smokey Bear, Urban Search and Rescue dogs, and advanced fire and police vehicles at the Great Park on March 26 as part of the Park’s first Community Safety Expo. This free event will have safety demonstrations and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show you how to protect yourself, your family and your neighborhood.
“The Community Safety Expo offers the opportunity for Park visitors to learn from experts how to keep themselves and their families safe,” said Beth Krom, Chair of the Orange County Great Park Corporation. “We are proud to partner with the Orange County Fire Authority and the Irvine Police Department to provide this important information in an interactive and fun way.”
Kids are invited to bring their bikes to the Park to participate in a bicycle obstacle course and receive a free bike inspection. Parents can learn how to keep their kids safe from predators on the internet and see a live cooking fire safety demonstration. The event will conclude with demonstrations by the Irvine Police Department K-9 Unit and the Orange County Fire Authority Urban Search and Rescue Dog Team.
Kids can meet police officers and fire fighters, and see real emergency vehicles up close. Visitors will also be able to meet the K9 officers, and gourmet food trucks will be available throughout the event. A full schedule of events is available online at www.ocgp.org. The Orange County Great Park is located off the 5 or 405 freeways at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine.
About the Great Park
The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park is currently 27.5 acres and includes an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. A $70 million development plan to expand the Park to more than 200 acres is currently underway. The plan will build out a core section of the Park for the most immediate and wide-ranging public benefit, including the initial components of the sports park, a 114-acre agricultural area, and an art and culture exhibition space. For more information, please go to www.ocgp.org