Here at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, we are dedicated to our Earth’s well being. As an Octopus, I am committed to keeping my home (the ocean) clean and free of all pollution. But protecting our planet goes so much further than this. That is why this Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:30pm, we join Earth Hour in “Uniting People To Protect The Planet” with a one-hour, lights-out on the world-famous Ferris wheel, except for the wheel rim safety lighting.
Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007, to a 5,251 city strong global movement, last year reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents, according to the Earth Hour organization. The iconic Ferris wheel joins International landmarks including the Sydney Opera
House and Eifel Tower.
“Pacific Park looks forward to Earth Hour each year to help raise environmental awareness,” says Jeff Klocke, Director of Marketing and Sales at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “Pacific Park is committed to being a leader in our community and industry for green initiatives. In addition to the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, we recently introduced the world’s only wind-powered amusement park game. With these high profile successes, we continue to identify additional greening initiatives throughout the Park.”
The Pacific Wheel is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel featuring 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that present dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment each evening. The eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 75 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs.
Pacific Park introduced the world’s first wind-powered amusement park game, the High Striker, on Oct. 2011. The 25-feet-tall High Striker features a silver-plated bell that sounds each time a guest is strong enough to strike the pallet with a mallet that sends the puck racing to the top. All components of the High Striker are now completely wind-powered including the chaser lights with more than 100 bulbs, multiple spotlights and sound system.
Pacific Park’s followers can view the Earth Hour Ferris wheel online at Pacific Park’s Webcam with live HD streaming video at http://pacpark.com/webcam.php?location=webcam