In November 1994, seventeen months after the decision to close Marine Core Air Station
(MCAS) El Toro in Orange County, California, Measure A was passed by Orange County voters,
designating MCAS El Toro for commercial aviation use. The Orange County Board of
Supervisors, supported by the John Wayne Airport neighbors, hoped to develop a large
commercial airport that would serve 38 million passengers annually, and eventually replace
John Wayne as Orange County's airport. As plans for the El Toro airport project were made
public, the communities surrounding El Toro organized to oppose it and developed a competing
plan, the Orange County Central Park and Nature Initiative. The initiative supported the
development of a 1,300 acre public space that would include a sports park, botanical garden,
and cultural terrace.
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