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Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community development director for Passerelle Investment Co., the Third Street Green is slated to open Aug. 3 and will remain in place through the end of the month. Located on Third Street between State Street and Plaza North, the pop-up park is the second of its kind to appear in the downtown triangle this summer.

A second rendition of the State Street Green, which debuted in the summer of 2013, popped up for three weeks in late May along the 300 block of State Street.

City officials agreed to open the park at that time while Safeway closed the State and First streets intersection to complete crosswalk construction work. In late March, the Los Altos City Council approved the placement of a temporary park on Third Street after the conclusion of the annual Arts & Wine Festival.

Smith said the upcoming Third Street Green – though similar in concept – would vary slightly from its predecessors on State Street.

“It’s much smaller – only about 2,500 square feet,” said Smith, who added that the park would feature seating areas with tables, among other amenities also available at the recent State Street Green. “It will make it more intimate, and it’s a lot more shaded.”

Smith added that she’s finalizing the park’s entertainment programming, which will be free and open to the public on a drop-in basis.

“There will be a range of activities for kids and adults during the day and evening,” said Smith, who is working on scheduling some Saturday night musical performances geared toward adults.

According to Smith, the Third Street Green will also feature a multicolored LED string-lighting display by Arup, a San Francisco-based lighting design company. The display will run nightly from sundown to midnight, depicting different sequences of lights fading in and out above the park. The Bay Lights art project in San Francisco inspired the concept, she noted.

“Basically, people will be able to come and watch light performances every night at the park,” said Smith, who hopes that the park feature will attract residents to the downtown area at night.

In addition, the park will feature a grand piano donated by the Sunset Piano Project in Half Moon Bay. It will remain at the park for three weeks, available to anyone interested in entertaining park visitors.

“Anyone can play – there’s no need to schedule anything,” Smith said.

For more information, visit thirdstreetgreen.com.

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