Executive Summary

Imagine a string of pearls encircling the Pacific.

The Pacific Rim Park Project is a nonprofit organization created to build friendship parks around the Pacific Rim. The Pacific Rim Park Project is a way of bridging cultures, establishing new connections, and helping define an emergent Pacific Rim community. Each park includes a pearl element in its design. In contrast to a “ring of fire,” we envision the Pacific draped with a “string of pearls” through the Pacific Rim Park Project.

The parks are designed and built by architecture students under the artistic supervision of leading artists, architects and urban planners. The students come from the countries of the Pacific Rim. They transcend their language and cultural differences through a shared vision to design and build a park within a time frame of 30 days. After a new park is completed, it is given as a gift to the citizens of the Pacific and to the sponsoring organization or institution in the host city. All parks are for the public, and are directly connected to the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific Rim Park organization has built seven parks to date: in Russia, Mexico, China, the Philippines, South Korea, Tauwan and the United States. The organization is based in San Diego, California and works in cooperation with partners around the pacific. Over the long-run, we envision the construction of parks in all 41 countries and island nations that touch the Pacific.