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Pas Playhouse District Getting a Pocket Park and Rain Garden

It won't be done in time for the weekend heat wave, but the Pasadena Star-News reports that the city of Pasadena recently broke ground on a pocket park/rain garden on a tiny sliver of land on the southwest corner of Union Street and North Catalina Avenue in the city's Playhouse District. The project, the result of a partnership with the city's Department of Water and Power, Public Works Departments, the Cultural Arts Division, and the Playhouse District Association, will include the colorful "Topiaries" sculpture designed by Christie Beniston and installed in January. Current work includes the installation of the rain garden, water conservation measures (e.g., rainwater channels), and drought tolerant native plants. According to a PSN story from January, "Topiaries" is one of nine temporary public artworks installed in recent months, as part of the city's Rotating Public Art program, but the new pocket park is the first "site enhancement" project of the program.
· Artsy garden gets started in Playhouse District [PSN]
· New pocket "rain garden" park to surround Playhouse District's public art installation [PSN]
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