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Press Coverage

Print Media


Feet First in Pasadena 
Los Angeles Times - Front Page (01-21-2014)

Pasadena Looks to Slow Down 
Los Angeles Times Editorial (01-28-2014)

Bringing Parklets to Pasadena’s Playhouse District 
Larry Wilson, Pasadena Star-News (06-25-2013)

Pasadena, Are You Ready for Parklets?
Pasadena Star-News (02-07-2016)

Parklets Can Make Streets Happier Places to Stroll
Pasadena Star-News Editorial Board (02-11-2016)

Adding Walkability to Pasadena's Playhouse District
Larry Wilson, Pasadena Star-News (10-11-2016)


Televised News

KABC News featuring Mayor Terry Tornek (2:21)

KTTV News introducing Parklets Project (2:48)

KCAL News Explores Playhouse Parklets (4:05)

KABC News - 2013 International Park(ing) Day (0:29)


Photo Gallery

2014 International PARK(ing) Day


2014 Playhouse District Association Annual Meeting


Parklets Display in Boston Court Lobby
Simulated Parklet Onstage

2013 International PARK(ing) Day



Community Outreach

In April 2012, members of the Playhouse District Association (PDA) began evaluating placemaking initiatives to create community spaces and enhance the quality of life for the 50,000+ residents, workers and students within ½-mile of the intersection of Colorado and El Molino.

Later that year, a Parklets Pilot Committee was formed and we have met monthly ever since:  studying comparable projects, planning, and exploring the perspectives of Locations, Design/Construction/Maintenance, Financial Model, Regulatory Processes and Community Engagement.

In June of the following year (2013), staff from Pasadena’s City Manager’s Office, Planning and Community Development Department, City Attorney’s Office, the Public Works Department and the Transportation Department joined the initiative to help guide feasibility from the City’s perspective.

Throughout this process, we have engaged in numerous conversations with stakeholders and presentations to City of Pasadena Commissions, City Council District Meetings and community organizations.

Pasadena City Commissions

  • Planning Commission
  • Recreation and Parks Commission
  • Transportation Advisory Commission
  • Arts and Culture Commission (TBD - Q4-2016)
  • Design Commission (TBD - Q4-2016)

Pasadena City Council District Meetings

  • District 3 – John Kennedy
  • District 4 - Gene Masuda
  • District 5 – Victor Gordo
  • District 6 – Steve Madison
  • District 7 – Terry Tornek

Playhouse District Association Meetings

  • Annual Meetings
  • Mixers
  • Board Meetings
  • Economic Enhancement Committee Meetings

Stakeholder Outreach

  • Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association
  • Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
  • Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition
  • Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Tournament of Roses
  • Business and Property Owners, including presentations to more than 30 local businesses and organizations

What’s Next?

We welcome your feedback, comments and ideas for the Playhouse Parklets Pilot - please e-mail and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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