By Hailey Branson-Potts, September 19, 2013
Sunset Triangle Plaza, a pocket park in Silver Lake in 2012. The
Pasadena Playhouse District Assn. will turn two parking spaces on
Colorado Boulevard into "parklets" Friday during PARK(ing) Day.
In an attempt to cultivate a more pedestrian-friendly city, one
Pasadena organization will turn two parking spaces into tiny, temporary
The Pasadena Playhouse
District Assn., a nonprofit organization that promotes the 32-block
district, will transform two 7-by-20-feet parking spaces into pocket
parks from noon to 4 p.m.
The parklets will be on the north and south sides of Colorado
Boulevard between El Molino and Oak Knoll, according to the
The pocket parks will be
installed on PARK(ing) Day, an international event in which communities
turn metered parking spaces into temporary public places.
The event was started in 2005 in San Francisco, when an art and
design studio laid sod and placed a bench and potted tree on a parking
spot for two hours and rolled it up when the meter expired, according to
the PARK(ing) Day website.
The Pasadena parklets will feature greenery, story tellings, displays
by a local artist and a pop-up shop restaurant with hay bales and fall
decorations, said Erlinda Romo, executive director for the Pasadena
Playhouse District Assn.
The Pasadena Playhouse District Assn. will work with Pasadena’s La
Loma Landscaping and Cal Poly Pomona landscape architecture students to
create the parklets. Romo said the parks will take about two hours to
The parklets are being seen by the association as a “trial run” to
setting up permanent parklets on Colorado Boulevard, Romo said.
The association has been talking with city officials about
establishing about six pocket parks on the boulevard between Los Robles
and Hudson avenues, she said.
The association plans to present ideas to the City Council, which
would later vote on the parklets. They would be the first permanent
parklets in Pasadena, though they would be removed each year for the
Rose Parade, she said.
“Building a park is a way to enhance the pedestrian environment,”
Romo said. “It’s getting a little bit of rest aspace. It’s an all-around
improvement for the person who comes to shop and dine in the district.”
In March 2012, Los Angeles introduced its first pocket park, Sunset
Triangle Plaza, on a swath of pavement on Griffith Park Boulevard in
The pocket park, funded by the Los Angeles County Department of
Public Health, features concrete painted lime green with yellow-green
polka dots, and a stretch of grass.