About the Project

The Parklets Pilot will transform our neighborhood – creating public spaces and an attractive destination that energizes the cultural vitality of Pasadena’s Playhouse District!

There are two key components that help us bring this vision to life:  

  • Enhancing the public space by providing parklets for gathering and socializing
  • Changing these five blocks of the Boulevard from a thoroughfare to a destination

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The Playhouse Parklets are designed for maximum flexibility and maximum interaction.  What functions one day as a casual meet-up spot can be turned into a place for impromptu mini-plays or outdoor concerts.  The parklets also reflect the vibrancy of the District’s emphasis on culture and arts – celebrating our neighborhood’s aesthetic brand.

The Playhouse District Association has commissioned a “Toolkit” which presents both the basic components and materials, along with a set of alternatives.

While the design features chosen for each parklet will vary based on the adjacent property owners and nearby architectural cues, we have gathered some representative possibilities below.




The project is focused on the five blocks of Colorado Boulevard between Hudson and Los Robles avenues.  Within that area, we’re considering a variety of factors in determining parklet locations including natural gathering places suggested by the public, practical “public works” needs, traffic flow, and safety.  We will also reflect sponsorship interest in helping to construct, maintain and activate the space.

Here are two spots that are often mentioned:  In front of Vroman’s Bookstore and the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatre – as well as across the street in front of Arcade Lane.



A comprehensive maintenance program will combine existing and increased Ambassador Guide and cleaning support from the Playhouse District Association, along with sponsorship and donations to ensure safe, clean and enjoyable parklets. 

The Playhouse District Association (PDA), a non-profit corporation formed in 1995, is dedicated to managing and marketing Pasadena’s Playhouse District. The PDA is funded by a property-based business improvement district (PBID). The PBID pools private dollars to fund activities and services in the 32-block Playhouse District which is governed by an 11-member board of directors representing the district’s property owners, businesses, institutions, and residents.

The Draft Budget for the Playhouse Parklets Pilot also includes on-going replacement of furniture and plants as needed – and of course, annual de-installation and re-installation of the parklets to accommodate the annual Rose Parade.





The Playhouse Parklets Committee has compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) through conversations and research about the Parklets Pilot as well as multiple presentations to community groups, district meetings and city commissions.

If you have any additional questions that aren’t answered here, please e-mail Info@PlayhouseParklets.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!




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