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Guerrilla Parking Day Site Gets Un-Terminated

By Ed Fuentes and Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 03:05PM
No Parking Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Until this afternoon, landscape architecture firm Melendrez was planning to create a Park(ing) Day site outside its Olive street offices, just as it had last year. Then came the "No Parking" signs, reserving the curb lane for an entirely different sort of street use: filming.

Warner Bros Television is in town to shoot scenes for the "Sarah Connor Chronicles," and the city granted the production use of the curb lane from 6pm Thursday through 3pm on Saturday. After an initial scare, the Melendrez team was able to get in touch with the production and work out an arrangement that will keep their Park(ing) Day spot in its original place.

Update (4pm): Robyn Vallejos of Melendrez reports in the comments that their parking day site is now back on. Updated info above, with the original story below.

From 6pm Thursday evening until 3pm on Saturday, the westside curb lane of Olive between 6th and 7th will belong to Warner Bros Television, Downtown to shoot scenes for FOX' "Sarah Connor Chronicles."

Valerie Watson, planner and designer at Melendrez, is left to scout for a new location that has suitable shade and access. "We are getting California Pepper trees donated and dropped off by Monrovia Growers at 7am." shes says. "The trees will be donated to LAUSD."

Like most Park(ing) Day sites, the park on Olive was to operate as guerrilla affairs, bypassing permits and instead choosing to simply claim a spot and feed the meter.

The Park(ing) Day LA website includes information on a dozen temporary parks that will be taking part in Friday's event. The list includes the DLANC-sponsored event that will be closing off a half block of Winston between Main and Los Angeles.

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