This just came over the transom from the City of Anaheim:
ARTIC GRAND OPENING EVENT DETAILS ANNOUNCED
EXPLORE ARTIC GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION SET FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 13
ANAHEIM, Calif. (December 2, 2014) – The highly anticipated opening of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center – ARTIC – is nearing and all are invited to celebrate by attending the Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, December 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
When ARTIC opens its doors, guests will experience a transportation center like no other. From its grand entrance, sustainable design and function, and Dine+Shop options, to the ease and convenience of multiple modes of transportation in one location, ARTIC is Orange County’s newest gathering place and signifies the future of transportation is here.
The Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration will give guests an insider’s view of ARTIC as well as a day of family fun, including interactive activities, displays and self-guided tours. Parking is free. In addition, ARTIC and the Salvation Army are hosting a canned food drive and the community is encouraged to bring items which will be distributed to those in need this holiday season.
Here is what to look forward to at the Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration.
Enjoy live music, food trucks, working miniature train displays, bucket truck rides offered by Anaheim Public Utilities, Anaheim Fire and Police, including Cops4Kids, K9s and the Mounted Equestrian Unit, the Anaheim Library Bookmobile, treats from the Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim Ducks fun zone, Angels Baseball, movies in a ‘mini-ARTIC’, crafts, and more.
Transportation information booths
Whether you commute daily or are new to public transportation, ARTIC’s transportation providers will be present to share information on how to get where you need to go. You can also board the vehicles on display to get an idea of your preferred seating location. You’ll see just how easy it is to access any of the 10 modes of transportation available at ARTIC.
ARTIC is easily accessed from the Santa Ana River Trail and features bike lockers for daily commuters or weekend enthusiasts. Join the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), The Orange County Wheelmen and The BOBies on Saturday, December 13 for a group bicycle ride along the Santa Ana River Trail to the Grand Opening Event. Riders of all skills levels are welcome to Explore ARTIC. Click here for details and a map.
ARTIC will offer convenience for those on-the-go as well as gourmet eats and hand-roasted coffee for those meeting a colleague midday or gathering with friends before or after a local event, concert or game. Come meet these unique ARTIC tenants at the Grand Opening Celebration: The Lost Bean, Mission Market, Ritter’s, The Oyster Bar, The Alchemist concepts and more!
Self-Guided Tours – win a prize!
Take the self-guided tours of the LEED Platinum designed hub, hosted by the ARTIC designers and builders, and enter to win prizes. Pick up a provided passport card and visit each station to earn a stamp. Game participants must receive a stamp from each of the eight stations to qualify. The eight stations are as follows:
- Clark Construction – The building of ARTIC
- STV Inc.– From design to reality, the history of ARTIC
- Parsons Brinkerhoff – Precise engineering for maximum functionality
- HOK Architects– LEED Platinum status is the highest standard in sustainable design
- Thornton Tomasetti – ARTIC’s steel structure durability and design is one of a kind
- BuroHappold – Heating, cooling, and the really cool-looking roofing material
- SWA Group– Landscape design is beautiful and sustainable
- Group Delta – Delivering a solid foundation (Did you know the crane used for the deep dynamic compaction weighed 110 tons and dropped a 30 ton weight to compact the soil at ARTIC?)
ARTIC and the Salvation Army are hosting a canned food drive and the community is encouraged to bring items which will be distributed to those in need this holiday season.
Explore More With ARTIC Sweepstakes
Starting on December 8, 2015, all are invited to visit ARTICinfo.com/sweepstakes to enter the ‘Explore More With ARTIC!’ Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Family Exploration Getaway Package for Four. The winner will receive roundtrip Metrolink train tickets, Anaheim Ducks game tickets, Disneyland park tickets + Park Hopper passes and a two night stay at the Hyatt Place hotel. Join ‘ARTICAnaheim’ on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the upcoming social media sweepstakes.
On Saturday, December 6, the transportation providers currently utilizing the existing platforms in the Angel Stadium of Anaheim parking lot will officially open their services at ARTIC.
ARTIC is located at 2626 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806.
Come join the celebration on Saturday, December 13. The City of Anaheim, the County of Orange and ARTIC welcome you!
Sounds like this will be a great event. I’ve been excited for a long time now to see what the inside of this place must look like. Should be a great time to check it out.
I have been reporting and photographing for TrainWeb.com on the ARTIC since Opening Day, Dec. 6. I went back for more photographs during December 7th’s great sunset, again on December 8 for Media Day, and finally returned for the Grand Opening. You can see photos of ARTIC from all those days at:
Over 100 other Train Travel reports with photos are at http://trainweb.org/carl