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Photo: Enjoy A Break At This Pop-Up Park Opening In Hollywood Next Week

Hollywood Pop! in progress. More features will be added in the coming week (Photo courtesy the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District)
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A small pop-up park with cartoon-like furniture will soon offer shade and respite to pedestrians in Hollywood.The new semi-permanent park, known as "Hollywood Pop!", will be located at the southwest corner of Selma and Ivar, and will open to the public on May 20. The park will feature colorful seating and tables and funky tree-shaped sculptures for shade, as well as additional landscaping and way-finding signage. Anyone who frequents the Hollywood Farmer's Market or has walked through the area recently will find the space totally transformed from its former incarnation as a vacant, dirt-covered space.

The park was funded by the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District and designed by LA-Más, an L.A.-based design nonprofit that has created colorful, pedestrian-friendly areas in other parts of the city.

“You’re looking at a corner on a busy pedestrian corridor for students, residents and workers in Hollywood. Thanks to the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District, the corner went from a vacant space to a place people can now meet up, eat lunch, or hang out,” Hollywood Property Owners Alliance Executive Director Kerry Morrison tells LAist. “What’s so unique about Hollywood Pop! is that it’s a partnership with a private property owner. Looking forward, that’s an intriguing model for adding public space in Hollywood.”

The park is currently undergoing development, so if you swing by before the official opening, you can see the work in progress. On May 20, the park will host a special opening ceremony with interactive stations, including a photo booth, and give visitors the chance to check out the park and share their thoughts on how public space could be improved throughout Hollywood.