2018: The year of open space

It’s the year of open space in Irvine — 2018 marks the anniversaries of two major milestones in the city’s history of natural open space preservation and stewardship.


Hundreds of community members gathered at Quail Hill on the stunning morning of Saturday, April 14 to celebrate two major milestones in  the City of Irvine’s history of natural open space preservation and stewardship:

  • The 1988 Open Space Agreement, which ensured that more than one-third of the entire city, or over 16,000 acres, would be preserved forever as natural open space, parks and trails.
  • The 2008 designation of The Irvine Ranch California Natural Landmark. Fittingly presented on Earth Day, the designation recognizes the extraordinary geological and biological importance of much of the natural open space in and surrounding Irvine.

The free event included a pancake breakfast, comments by Mayor Don Wagner and representatives of Irvine Company and Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and hikes along the 1.8-mile Quail Hill Loop Trail. Watch the highlights of the day.