About Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and the Orange County Great Park


A Site-Specific Project

The project focuses on the shuttered 4,800-acre Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California. The vast military base was decommissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense in July, 1999. Once home to United States Marine Corps air operations for the western United States and Pacific region (including Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East), El Toro is now being transformed into housing and the largest urban park in the western United States. In 2002, the Legacy Project was granted unprecedented, carte blanche access to the base.