As Wags Ridicule Great Park Balloon, Irvine Makes It Brighter

As Wags Ridicule Great Park Balloon, Irvine Makes It Brighter

The fact that after all the fighting, gubmenting and millions and millions and millions in spending the Orange County Great Park only has a balloon ride in the middle of a small Preview Park has been the subject of much ridicule, most recently by Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit and the Weekly's R. Scott Moxley.

So how does the city of Irvine respond? By drawing more attention to its orange balloon. The city's invitation to local media to cover a new, illuminated balloon follows . . .

New Great Park Balloon to Shine A Brighter Orange in the Sky
New technology protects pigment and uses internal illumination


DECEMBER 1, 2009

Eric Bachelier, Project Manager, Aerophile Balloon Manufacturers
Rod Cooper, Director of Operations, OC Great Park
Crew of thirty workers who will install the new Great Park Balloon envelope
Media by appointment.

Inflation of the new upgraded Great Park Balloon envelope.

A crew of thirty people over five days to install the new Great Park Balloon envelope. The process includes deflating the original round envelope and removing it from the landing platform. Laying out the new envelope on the platform and pumping it full with 210,000 cubic feet of helium. The crew will utilize 400 sandbags to ballast the lift until the net can be attached to the existing tether.

Please note the exact times are dependent on weather conditions.

December 2: Visuals of balloon inflation preparation, filing of sand bags, instrument test, gondola assembly.

December 3: Inflation is planned for 3 p.m. However, this time may change as weather conditions could delay inflation.

December 4: Testing will begin early Friday and again at night to test illumination. Please telephone for updates.

December 5: If all goes well, flights will resume Saturday.

Orange County Great Park
Balloon Site
Off 5 Freeway and Sand Canyon

The new balloon envelope will now features a dye impregnated fabric with UV protected pigment that will protect its beautiful bright orange hue for several years. The balloon envelope is the actual fabric that gives the balloon its round shape. The envelope is now also enhanced with internal illumination to improve its night time visibility for miles.


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