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Left: Book Smart owners Brad Jones and Cindy Meister in front of book exchange cubby and mural painted by Lina Velasquez. Above: “Bunches of Grapes” basket, Peter Hazel O n May 22, 2015 the City of Morgan Hill and the Morgan Hill Downtown Association hosted an unusual event. It was the opening of a temporary, “Pop Up Park.” The park will probably only last until the end of summer and/or when the next phase of downtown construction does it in. The park is located at the corner of Third and Monterey. It sits on property belonging to the Transition Authority of the former RDA. On the old parking lot of the former liquor store sits a unique adventure. It is part whimsical, part practical, part fun with an oversized Adirondack chair, a bike fix-it and hydration station, murals, padded artificial grass, loaned trees, furniture made out of propane tanks, chalk board walls, sculptures, kid’s corner and more. The pop up park brings a little levity to the otherwise drudgery of downtown construction. It is the result of some creative funding and exceptional public/private partnerships. Left: Juan Carlos Araujo of Empire 7 Studios, company commissioned to complete bike mural. Above: Artist Mesngr Faith who, with his daughter, Crystal, painted the bike riding mural. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY/ AUGUST 2015 23