Irvine Police Department Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE: 03-24-15
Contact : Farrah Emami, Public Information Officer, 949-724-7112, FEmami@cityofirvine.org
IRVINE, CA – Members of the Persian community and their guests will gather at William R. Mason Regional Park on Sunday, March 29, 2015, for “Sizdeh Bedar,” an outdoor celebration on the 13th day of the Persian New Year.
William R. Mason Regional Park, an OC Park, is located in the City of Irvine at 18712 University Drive. This event historically attracts thousands of people and will result in periods of severe traffic congestion along roadways surrounding Mason Park. The following roadways will likely experience traffic delays due to event traffic: Culver Drive between Campus Drive and the I-405 freeway; Harvard Avenue between Culver Drive and Michelson Drive.
In anticipation of the traffic congestion associated with this event, the Irvine Police Department is suggesting motorists use alternate routes when driving in this area between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Major thoroughfares in the vicinity may be posted with “No parking, tow away,” and will be strictly enforced. Access to the village of Rancho San Joaquin will be limited to residents and their guests with parking permits. Columbia Square will be limited to those with valid residential parking stickers.
University Drive will be closed between Michelson Drive and Culver Drive from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to accommodate the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation half marathon road race.
Parking within Mason Regional Park is $15.00 per vehicle and is limited to 600 vehicles. University High School, located at the intersection of Culver Drive and Campus Drive, will provide limited paid parking. Private parking lots in the area may allow parking for a fee. The City of Irvine does not regulate parking fees at any of these sites. A “temporary loading zone” will be established on University Drive between Harvard and San Joaquin. Additional overflow parking will be available on the University of California, Irvine campus.
For more information about parking or the event, please visit www.ocparks.com.
The City of Irvine wishes the Persian community a very happy New Year and a joyful Sizdeh Bedar!
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(949) 724-7000 www.irvinepd.org
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Persian New Year Celebration
OC Parks – William R. Mason Regional Park
Location: Mason Regional Park
On Sunday, March 29 from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. members of the Persian community and their guests will gather at William R. Mason Regional Park to celebrate the Persian New Year (PNY) “Sizdeh Bedar.” The event historically attracts thousands of people, which will result in periods of severe traffic and increased public pedestrians on public roadways (carpooling is strongly encouraged).
It is suggested to make alternate arrangements to park in other “legal parking” locations in the area; for example, University High School will have event parking available for a fee. The Parking Fee at Mason is $15 per vehicle, per entry for this event. 2015 Annual Passes will be accepted. Parking within Mason Regional Park is limited to 600 vehicles, (RV’s and/or other over-sized vehicles will not be allowed into the park), and will be strictly enforced. Once on-site parking fills to capacity, the park entry gate will be closed and no additional vehicles will be admitted; the entry gate will remain closed for the remainder of the day. Park exit gates will remain operational for the duration of the day.
To ensure the enjoyment of this event at Mason Regional Park, we request all park visitors make a concerted effort to remind their community participants that the following regulations and County Ordinances are enforced for their personal safety and protection. Failure to comply may result in citation, eviction, or both. Vehicles are not permitted on the grass and sidewalk areas; also, curbside parking or stopping is not permitted at any time. Do not drive to a picnic shelter to unload and/or load supplies (this may result in vehicle eviction). Picnic shelters will be on a first-come first-served basis, provided someone remains at the shelter to hold it. Roping off an area to “reserve” it is not permitted. Alcohol is not allowed anywhere in the park. Visitors may have small personal radios or “boom boxes”, provided they keep the volume at courteous levels – this will be at the discretion of the park rangers. No other amplified sound of any type will be permitted; this includes car stereos and karaoke machines.
Both the City of Irvine and the County of Orange join in wishing the Persian community a very happy New Year. We are committed to making this event safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Event Fee: Free
Parking Fee: $15 per vehicle, per entry
Age: All ages welcome