ESA’s PARK(ing) Day Installation Lives On and Supports the Los Angeles River


Environmental Science Associates, a leading West Coast environmental consulting firm, is joining cities, artists, activists and citizens around the globe on Friday, September 21st who will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."


Originally created in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.


“PARK(ing) Day was a grassroots effort to live our sustainability plan objective of being an active and engaged member of our community,” said Lisa Crossett, ESA’s Sustainability Officer. “Our PARK(ing) Day leaders, Danielle Pierce and Reema Shakra, spearheaded the company-wide design competition and worked with Deanna Hansen, our Los Angeles Office Director, to coordinate the installation of ESA’s park Xeriscape designed by Kelly Wade, Ara Clark, and Julie Bayer.”


Xeriscape was selected from more than 34 firmwide designs. The design promotes sustainability and strives to engage and improve the Los Angeles community. Located at Wilshire Boulevard and South Hope Street, ESA’s Xeriscape installation is composed of native, drought tolerant plants purchased from a local nursery. Packets of native seeds are available to passersby for a suggested donation with 100% of the proceeds going to Friends of the Los Angeles River (, a non-profit founded to protect and restore the Los Angeles River.


Press Release: ESA’s PARK(ing) Day Installation Lives On and Supports the Los Angeles River