West Hollywood Thinks Outside the Box with Micro-Parks

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Photo by Garen Gary Srapyan, Courtesy of the City of West Hollywood.

The City of West Hollywood has launched the latest of its new micro-parks — two TinyPark spaces have been installed on the City’s Eastside. The first is located at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and N. Gardner Street, adjacent to Astro Burger; the second is located across the street at the at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and N. Vista Street, adjacent to Fatburger.

Photo by Garen Gary Srapyan, Courtesy of the City of West Hollywood

Each TinyPark is comprised of solid pink boxes that can serve as interactive furniture and that encourage passers-by to embark on an action that positively transforms the moment, such as play, pause, or smile. By deploying quick, easy, low-cost improvements through “tactical urbanism,” under-utilized sidewalk median space is transformed into a playful and welcoming place to sit, gather, socialize, and interact with neighbors — and the boxes are ideal for enjoying lunch, playing a game of chess or checkers, or just enjoying a moment in a shady spot. Selfies can be uploaded by park-goers using the hashtag #TinyPark. TinyPark was conceived and designed by JSA (June Street Architecture), founded in 2004 by principal Sonny Ward, and UrbanRock Design, established in 2000 as a partnership with architect Jeanine Centuori and designer Russell Rock.

Photo by Garen Gary Srapyan, Courtesy of the City of West Hollywood

The TinyPark installations follow the installation of the #WeLoveWeHo micro-park and selfie spot at West Hollywood City Hall, which aims to bring people together, whether standing next to it or logging in from across the miles to view posts through social media.

The temporary micro-park installations are a project of the City of West Hollywood’s Micro-Park Pilot Program, which activates underutilized spaces within the City during the renovation of West Hollywood Park. TinyParks and #WeLoveWeHo are the first of four installations, which are expected to remain in place for 12 to 18 months.

Please visit www.weho.org/micropark for updates on additional micro-parks to be installed across the City.

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Marco Colantonio
Marco Colantonio is a longtime West Hollywood resident and community activist, former West Hollywood Disabilities Advisory Board member and founder/publisher emeritus of WEHO TIMES.
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