Why Santa Monica Pier's Ferris Wheel Will Go Dark This Week

March 20, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

SANTA MONICA, CA — Typically an unmistakable beacon towering 130 feet above the ocean with its 174,000 LED lights, the Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel will be noticeably darker for one hour Saturday night.

The Pacific Park Ferris wheel is “going dark” from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the 18th annual Earth Hour. Known as “The Biggest Hour on Earth,” the movement encourages people to switch off their lights at home and monuments to darken their beacons to show support for the planet and raise awareness awareness of environmental issues.

Participants are also encouraged to spend the hour doing something positive for the planet.

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On the pier, the Pacific Wheel will be lit up during Earth Hour only with its wheel-rim safety lights, according to Pacific Park.

“Pacific Park has been an avid supporter of Earth Hour since the beginning and believe in its messaging and activities on sustainability, climate and environmental awareness around the world,” said Nathan Smithson, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Pacific Park. “From our solar-powered Ferris wheel to our award-winning grassroots initiatives, Pacific Park is committed to being the best environmental conscious company possible by working with our city, within our community and globally with national and international partners.”

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After debuting in 1996, the Pacific Wheel was adapted as the worlds first solar-powered Ferris wheel two years later. The park in 2011 also introduced the world’s first wind-powered amusement park game, the High Striker, according to Pacific Park.

The park received Santa Monica’s “Excellence in Stewardship of the Natural Environment” award at the 15th annual Sustainable Quality Awards.

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Learn more about Earth Hour here.

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