Each Pacific Rim Park is the result of a collaborative effort that involves our foundation and local groups, from city government and NGOs to universities, from students and artists, to the professional design community and environmental groups. All of these people come together to make the park a living reality. To date we have had a close connection with Rotary (both San Diego and International) Sister City organizations in each of the cities where the parks are located. In 2007, we established a relationship with the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Local governments and universities have played a key role to date, and we plan to work with these existing partners in the future and expand our growing list of Pacific Rim Park associates.
Each park rests on a cooperative effort and requires a number of steps prior to design and construction. . First, land. Each park must begin with land: a local commitment to dedicate a space to this effort. All the sites for the parks must be on the ocean or with a clear ocean view. After the park is built it is given to the land owner who will have the responsibility for maintenance of the park. Second, support. The parks have succeeded because local officials have been involved from the early stages of the project and have sanctioned our efforts. After we receive the support of the community we must secure in-kind or direct contributions to cover the costs of local materials, equipment, food, lodging and transportation. This support has always come from a variety of sources, from local business, international business, local citizens, foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Third, people. The design of each park is the result of a process that includes local and foreign students working with artists and designers from the foundation. We do not impose blueprints; rather, an innovation of the project is the collaborative nature of the design process. To date we have had students from Russia, China, Mexico and the United States, and are planning to add students from Latin America, Japan, and both Koreas if possible.
Connecting the parks
We are currently looking for funding to connect each of the parks electronically via computer kiosks at each park. Eventually, each park would have a computer terminal and cameras so that people visiting a park in Russia could speak or text people visiting a park in China or Mexico or the United States. Translation software would allow messages to be transmitted among the sites in real time.
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