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PARK(ing) Day on La Brea

The Mid City West Community Council celebrated PARK(ing) Day with a one-day park at 807 S. La Brea, in front of the newly opened Roji Bakery.

Mid City West Community Council board members hosted three neighborhood sites for PARK(ing) Day, the annual international event during which community members transform metered parking or parking spaces into temporary mini parks or parklets. The purpose of the day is to engage communities in re-imagining what their neighborhoods could look like if spaces for cars were transformed into spaces for people.  According to the American Society of Landscape Architects,  which has published a manual on how to participate in PARK(ing) Day, the vast majority of outdoor urban space is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of our cities’ land is allocated to open space for people.

Mid City West board members Thao Tran, who also serves on the council Streetscape and Commerical Committee, and Will Hackner were posted on La Brea (in between parked cars) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in front of the newly opened Roji Bakery (more on this delightful new bakery soon) at 807 S La Brea. They assembled a small “park” complete with shade, green “grass,” inflatable toys and garden furniture.

“We just had two weeks to pull this together,” explained Tran, saying she hopes to get more people involved next year. “It’s a great way to get involved in the neighborhood, and we were delighted to help create some buzz for our local businesses like Roji Bakery.”

Mid City West Community Council board members Thoa Tran, another interested resident, Will Hackner, and David Mann created a one-day park on La Brea in front of the newly opened Roji Bakery at 807 S La Brea Avenue.

Along with the Melrose Business Improvement District, Mid City West also hosted a park space at Toasted and Roasted at 7311 Melrose Avenue, as well as a space at LA Chankla, at 5354 Wilshire Blvd.

“This is an annual opportunity to present an alternative city, one in which space is taken back by communities from the automobile and used instead for people,” said Scott Epstein, Chair of the Mid City West Community Council.

International PARK(ing) Day is celebrated on the Third Friday of September. Check out the The American Society of Landscape Architects manual on how to participate and plan your own neighborhood PARK(ing) Day next year.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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