Pop-up park in Downtown

Posted on October 1, 2012 by  
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In celebration of the international PARK(ing) Day Friday, three parking spots adjacent to the 359 State Street bike shop and Peet’s Coffee & Tea transformed into a green oasis for multipurpose community use.

The temporary installation – sponsored by Passerelle Investment Co. and furnished with donations from local businesses – gave Los Altos an unexpectedly youthful vibe, attendees reported.

“This is fabulous. … It’s very current and hip to what today is,” said Grail Nitsch of Los Altos Hills. “People want to be outside and to be able to bike downtown.”

Beneath the canopy of a large pistache tree, children arranged magnetic letters into words on planter walls and cyclists checked the air in their tires at a bright-orange parking stand and fix-it station as curious bystanders chatted with friends seated at tables eating lunch.

“What a beautiful way to celebrate the weather, the town – and such a creative use of space,” said Tim Jahnigen, a businessman from Berkeley who hosted three business meetings at the installation while visiting Los Altos. Even as evening approached, Jahnigen and his colleagues continued to linger.

By Saturday morning, the usual cars replaced the tables and turf, and not a trace of the installation remained.

Los Altos resident McKenna Smith, 10, said she hopes the park returns soon and thinks the Farmers’ Market and First Friday events would be ideal times for a reappearance.

“Just being able to sit down, grab a coffee for my dad … it’s so fun,” she said.

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