Company:
The Irvine Company LLC
Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Bikeways & Trails Project of the Year
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Jeffrey Open Space Trail

Project Location:

Irvine, California

Project Description:

Taking the scenic route doesn’t always mean sacrificing expediency for enjoyability. The Jeffery Open Space Trail (JOST) is a perfect example of an integrated bicycle/pedestrian link woven throughout a 76-acre master-planned linear park. The 3.5-mile off-street bike trail traverses the communities of Cypress Village, Woodbury, Stone Gate, and Eastwood—along the east side of Jeffrey Road from the I-5 Freeway to Portola Parkway.

The Jeffrey Open Space Trail provides a key linkage to the mountains and sea, and connects residents to open space, parks, shopping plazas, additional trails and each other. The park also is an important element in the City’s overall Open Space system, linking the conservation and open space lands with the City. In line with the theme of community connections, JOST features a series of creative pieces in each of the trail segments—segment 1 features photo engraved metal panels, segment 2 boasts sandblasted precast concrete panels & photo engraved precast panels, and segment 3 exhibits tile mosaic plaques—walking visitors through a 500-year history of the Irvine Ranch area.

This long-term collaboration among The Irvine Company and the City of Irvine began with an extensive community design process, in which residents provided input on the design and character exhibited in the park today. The result? A heavily-utilized, thoroughly enjoyed community amenity. And a true testament to the long-range benefits of Irvine’s master-planned approach to both its developed and natural environments.

Divided into three segments, the multi-use trail meanders over bridges and through culverts/underpasses at arterial road intersections. The paved trail parallels Jeffrey Road among a suburban landscape of neighborhoods, shopping plazas and, as the name suggests, open space. At Bryan Avenue (Long Meadow), it links with the Venta Spur Trail.

Potions of the trail are also present south of Barranca Parkway, and it is envisioned the trail will be connected between Barranca and the I-5 in the future.

Click here for a video tour of the project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E41tWHdQQls

Project Justification:

JOST is a critical link in a formerly gapped bikeway system—connecting communities to recreation, employment, entertainment, and each other. But it doesn’t stop there. The open space corridor constitutes an important element in the City’s overall Open Space system, linking the conservation and open space lands with the City, and providing a community destination featuring well-landscaped passive recreational areas. This beautifully detailed haven adds cultural enrichment through the 500-year timeline of the City of Irvine’s historic evolution.

The remarkable recreational amenity is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company. Residents participated in several design workshops in the early stages, providing input on the design and character exhibited in the park today. These open spaces are a testament to the long-range benefits of Irvine’s master-planned approach to both its developed and natural environments. The resulting spectacular, accessible and preserved space includes expansive lawn areas (some as large as 300 feet wide),rest stops, and a peaceful atmosphere located directly adjacent to one of the most traveled roadways in Irvine.

Carrying the theme of careful planning throughout, phasing was a critical approach for successful construction. Maintaining access to thoroughfares, traffic was controlled through vetted detours. The phased approach also allowed for critical utility construction while maintaining existing services. Roadway crossing and phasing options were studied to implement solutions well suited for the various constraints encountered.

Special Circumstances:

This long-term collaboration among The Irvine Company and the City of Irvine began with an extensive community design process, in which residents participated in a series of workshops focused on identifying the key elements and landscape character. In 2003, a Community Consensus Plan (attached) was developed, outlining fundamental concepts for future design and approvals. Among other details, the community wanted to see both a bike trail and a smaller alternative footpath (where feasible) and a “woodsy” landscape including passive recreation in the open space. Walking the site today, it’s clear that the design and review teams regarded community feedback as a top priority.

“One of the great things about Irvine is the huge sense of community and the beautiful landscaping…”- Olivia T., Lake Forest, United States, via Yelp

JOST won the ASLA Southern California Chapter Honor Award for Land and Water Reclamation and Conservation Design.

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Award Citation::

JOST is a critical link in a formerly gapped bikeway system—connecting communities to recreation, employment, entertainment, and each other. But it doesn’t stop there. The open space corridor constitutes an important element in the City’s overall Open Space system, linking the conservation and open space lands with the City. This beautifully detailed haven adds cultural enrichment through the 500-year timeline of the City of Irvine’s historic evolution.

Suggested Award Summary:

Taking the scenic route doesn’t always mean sacrificing expediency for enjoyability. The Jeffery Open Space Trail (JOST) is a perfect example of an integrated bicycle/pedestrian link woven throughout a 76-acre master-planned linear park. The 3.5-mile off-street bike trail traverses the communities of Cypress Village, Woodbury, Stone Gate, and Eastwood—along the east side of Jeffrey Road from the I-5 Freeway to Portola Parkway. Divided into three segments, the multi-use trail meanders under bridges and over culverts at arterial road intersections.
The Jeffrey Open Space Trail provides a key linkage to the mountains and sea, and connects residents to open space, parks, shopping plazas, additional trails and each other. The park also is an important element in the City’s overall Open Space system, linking the conservation and open space lands with the City. In line with the theme of community connections, JOST features a series of creative pieces in each of the trail segments—segment 1 features photo engraved metal panels, segment 2 boasts sandblasted precast concrete panels & photo engraved precast panels, and segment 3 exhibits tile mosaic plaques—walking visitors through a 500-year history of the Irvine Ranch area.
This long-term collaboration among The Irvine Company and the City of Irvine began with an extensive community design process, in which residents provided input on the design and character exhibited in the park today. The result? A heavily-utilized, thoroughly enjoyed community amenity. And a true testament to the long-range benefits of Irvine’s master-planned approach to both its developed and natural environments.

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