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Art Submissions Welcome for Johnny Carson Park Project

After soliciting interest from artists to work on the Johnny Carson Park Shade Structure Project, Burbank city officials will narrow down their submissions for the design.

The city previously held a call for artists to take on the project in January. Officials will now adopt a two-step procurement process and limit submissions to artists only from California.

Officials invite all interested artists to register with Burbank’s PlanetBids website so they can receive an invitation to the request for qualifications. Registration is free of charge, and PlanetBids will serve as the exclusive platform for sending and receiving information about the competitive solicitation. To register, visit: pbsystem.planetbids.com/portal/14210/portal-home.

Johnny Carson Park, a 17-acre regional park located at 400 Bob Hope Drive,  serves as a vital community hub for various activities. The park’s stage lacks a shade structure, prompting the city to seek creative ideas for an artistic structure that enhances both the stage’s functionality and the park’s aesthetics.

This project is part of the Burbank’s Art in Public Places Program. Founded in 1992, the program requires new development projects exceeding a construction budget of $500,000 to contribute 1% of construction costs toward qualified on-site public art. Alternatively, developers may elect to contribute their art obligation to the city’s Art in Public Places Fund. These nontaxpayer dollars are used to fund, enhance and maintain art in public spaces. The Johnny Carson Park Shade Structure Public Art Project represents a significant investment in the beautification of Burbank’s parks and the enrichment of its community.

For questions or information about the project, visit: burbankca.gov/web/parks-recreation/art-in-public-places.

First published in the April 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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