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SD's first pop-up park opening in East Village

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The grand opening for the Quartyard, a temporary park at a downtown vacant lot, is on Saturday. It's all part of a social experiment to turn unused land into a community space.

“It's fun to push outside of the box,” said Rad Lab CEO Philip Auchettl.

He and two other partners are leasing land owned by the city and building a pop-up park in East Village at Park Boulevard and Market Street called the Quartyard.

“This is exactly what we were looking for in this area,” said downtown resident. Lauren Ogata.

The concept started two years ago when a group of three graduate students at NewSchool of Architecture and Design saw an eyesore across the street as inspiration for a thesis.

“I see a community space. I think it will be fun and I don't think San Diego has anything like this,” said Auchettl.

Best Beverage saw their vision too.

“They had a great vision and it's a great idea and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Rob Fisher with Best Beverage.

Two years later the idea of the Quartyard is really becoming ‘Your City Block', with a sold out grand opening of a beer garden with 18 brews on tap, a coffee shop and a stage.

“We can have anything from a local acoustic guy to a national touring band,” said Auchettl.

There will be a dog park, a Sausage & Meat restaurant and food trucks lined along the park.

“We don't have a lot of that in downtown. There are not a lot of restaurants you can sit outside and enjoy stuff so I am looking forward to it,” said Ogata.

A vision of what someone may see as a rundown lot sitting in trash, others see as a treasure of community space.

“The fact that we are taking a vacant piece of property and doing something active and activating that space is going to create a safer community and a sense of pride in East Village,” said Auchettl.

There are 14 shipping containers which are made of recyclable material and can be easily torn down and relocated.

Rad Lab hopes the city will extend its lease passed the summer 2016 expiration.

Tickets will only be required for the grand opening which are sold out. Tickets are $5.

Sunday the dog park launches and the Quartyard will be open daily for free. Mon-Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to midnight.

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