Grab a burger and a drink and settle on a “TinyPark” to enjoy.
The City of West Hollywood has launched the latest of its new micro-parks — two “TinyPark” spaces on the city’s Eastside. One is at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Gardner Street, adjacent to Astro Burger. The other is located across the street at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Vista Street, adjacent to Fatburger.
Each TinyPark consists of solid pink boxes that can serve as interactive furniture. The idea is to encourage passers-by to do something positive such as play, pause or smile. Transforming under-used sidewalk median areas into places to sit and socialize with friends and neighbors is part of a process known as “tactical urbanism.” The boxes are ideal for having 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. The TinyPark installations follow the installation of the #WeLoveWeHo micro-park and selfie spot on the Sweetzer side of 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’s Micro-Park Pilot Program, which is activating underused spaces in 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.