The Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission is participating in National PARK(ing) Day at 7 p.m. Friday, September 19th, when the city will transform a parking lot on the Santa Monica Pier into an outdoor movie theater for a free screening of the movie Open Season.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual national event to celebrate parks by creating temporary parks in public spaces, with the goal of promoting more parks in America’s cities.

Events will take place throughout Los Angeles and in other cities nationwide, including New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Seattle and San Francisco.

In 2007, PARK(ing) Day spawned more than 200 new parks in more than 50 cities across the nation and around the world, according to a city spokesman.

National PARK(ing) Day is sponsored by the Trust for Public Land in collaboration with REBAR, a San Francisco art collective.

Open Season is an animated comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence “as a couple of lovable critters surviving in the Timberline National Park,” the spokesman says.

The film will be presented by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment as part of the Santa Monica Drive-In at the Pier produced by Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and Arts Fighting Cancer.

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