Imagine a string of pearls encircling the Pacific.
The Pacific Rim Park Project is a nonprofit organization that has as its mission the creation of friendship parks around the Pacific Rim as a means of fostering understanding and goodwill. The Pacific Rim Park organization has built five parks to date and is planning to create the sixth park at Jeju, Korea in the summer of 2010. Over the long-run, we envision the construction of parks in all of the countries that border on the Pacific. The organization is based in San Diego, CA and works in cooperation with partners in the region, including in Russia, Mexico, China, the United States, South Korea, the Philippines and Japan.
The Pacific Rim Parks act as a way of bridging cultures, establishing new connections, and helping define what it means to be a member of the emergent Pacific Rim community. Each park has a pearl, adding to a string of pearls that will connect our shared region of the world. In contrast to a “ring of fire,” we envision the Pacific as draped with a “string of pearls” through the Pacific Rim Park Project.