A Park in the Playhouse District? Speak Up!

May 11, 2011

An aerial view.

You know that parking lot at the northeast corner of Union and El Molino? You’ve probably parked there to go to the Laemmle. It’s nice enough, as parking lots go. But it may not be around for much longer: There’s an initiative afoot to turn it into a park—a real park, with grass and trees and other green things.

The idea is to transform the space into an urban “pocket park,” like the kind you find all over New York City, and to build an underground lot with at least as many spaces as there currently are above ground. There’s money from the state set aside for projects just like this, but the grant process is extremely competitive. On two of the three central criteria, the Playhouse Park is doing quite well: 1) there’s almost no existing green space in the area, and 2) the demographics are a fit (whatever that means).

The third criterion is community involvement, which comes in two forms: taking this quick survey (only up for a little while longer), and attending an upcoming Park Now Workshop, the next of which is Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m. at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. If you do not want this park to exist, the thing to do, we suppose, is nothing. But if you do, and would like to have a say in what kind of park it will be, well, the survey is very short.

What kind of park could it be? A garden space for restorative stops, maybe, or a dog run, or a family-friendly recreation space, or (my favorite) an arts-oriented community hub with a performance and exhibition space. Anyway, the choice is yours. Be heard.

For information on future workshops, visit

The survey.

Park Now Workshop
Saturday, May 14th, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena



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