For Immediate Release - September 15, 2011
Contact: Eva Kandarpa Behrend (Perry)/ 213-473-2308
Rick Coca (Huizar)/ 213-473-7014
Councilmembers Perry & Huizar Lead Effort to Create Parklets to Maximize Urban Green Space
Partner with Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council to Highlight Need for Creative Urban Planning; Announcement Coincides with Citywide Park(ing) Day
LOS ANGELES, CA – Council President Pro Tempore Jan Perry and Councilmember José Huizar will announce efforts to create a parklet program for Los Angeles in partnership with the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Parklets are semi-permanent open space projects located in the public right-of-way for park and recreation purposes.
To help kick-off the program, Perry and Huizar will introduce a motion instructing City Planning to work with the Departments of Public Works and Transportation to implement a demonstration projects currently underway in Downtown and Northeast Los Angeles. The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council has established a working group to design, build, fund, install and maintain parklet demonstration projects on Spring Street. The working group is coordinating this effort with the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Business Improvement District and local business owners. The 14th Council District has also initiated the creation of two parklet demonstration projects on North Huntington Drive and York Boulevard.
The announcement will coincide with Park(ing) Day when individuals and organizations create mini- parks for the day in metered street parking spaces all across the country and around the world. These pop- up parks call attention to the need for public open space in our communities and the amount of space within our public realm that is devoted to the automobile.
What: Council President Pro Tempore Jan Perry, 9th Council District ; Councilmember José Huizar, 14th Council District ; Valerie Watson, Board Chair - Parks, Recreation & Open Space Committee, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council; Simon Pastucha, Head of the Urban Design Studio, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
When: 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2011
Where: City Council Media Room, Behind City Council Chambers City Hall, 3rd Floor, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012