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MULTIMILLION DOLLAR FUN PARK PLANNED FOR IRVINE SPECTRUM

 IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- William Scott Enterprises, an Irvine-based developer and manager of golf facilities, has entered into a contract to purchase an eight-acre parcel of land in The Irvine Spectrum from The Irvine Co. and announced plans to build an $8.5 million family fun park on the site.
 The concept plans for the park have been presented to The Irvine Co. and the City of Irvine for review, both of which showed great enthusiasm, according to Bill Peters and Scott Rickard, principals of William Scott Enterprises. Their goal is a summer 1994 opening for the attraction, which will employ about 70 people.
 The family fun park will be located north of Lake Forest Boulevard adjacent to the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway, just south of the junction of the San Diego (I-405) and Santa Ana (I-5) freeways. The park's outdoor attractions will include two upscale miniature golf courses designed around lagoons and rock formations, batting cages, bumper boats, boating course, and race cars, as well as a "Kid's Zone" for younger children. Indoor attractions will be housed in a main pavilion and include a restaurant, a wide variety of arcade games, and virtual reality showroom, as well as an "Imagination Maze" for the younger children, which will consist of tunnels, slides, and ball rooms combined into one play area.
 Unlike many facilities of its kind, the center is planned as a reasonably priced recreation park geared to meet the needs of the entire family. In addition, the park will be the only one of its kind in Orange County featuring virtual reality and will offer a wide array of virtual reality experiences.
 The site is within the master-planned development project known as The Irvine Spectrum, which combines corporate headquarters, high-rise and mid-rise office buildings, industrial and R&D facilities, with hotels, shops, and restaurants. Other entertainment facilities in The Spectrum include the Wild Rivers water park and the Irvine Meadow Amphitheater. Nearly 1 million square feet of additional retail is also planned for the area, including an 18-screen Edwards Theater complex.
 "We feel that Lake Forest and the I-5 Freeway is the ideal location for an attraction such as this because the project will be surrounded by compatible uses," said Peters.
 The family fun park will represent a departure from similar use developments in Southern California, according to Peters and Rickard. Given the high quality of The Irvine Spectrum development, the sophistication of the South Orange County population, and the partners' own corporate philosophy, the typical carnival and midway atmosphere has been replaced with a theme park environment more in keeping with the architectural design of other projects in The Irvine Spectrum.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Rickard or Bill Peters, 714-453-8330/


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