March 19th, 2016
Standing 130 feet over the Pacific Ocean, the iconic Ferris wheel in Santa Monica, Calif., joins world famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Greece, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, and the Great Wall of China, among others at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 19
SANTA MONICA, Calif., (March 19, 2016) — Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier joins
Earth Hour in its “The Future Starts Today: Earth Hour 2016” campaign as the world-famous Pacific
Wheel Ferris wheel, will go “Dark” except for the wheel rim safety lighting, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on
Saturday, March 19. The Pacific Wheel is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel.
This year marks Earth Hour’s tenth lights out event. In the past nine years, WWF and Earth Hour
teams worldwide have harnessed the power of the movement to raise support and funds for access to
renewable energy, protection of wildlife and their habitats, building sustainable livelihoods and driving
climate-friendly legislation and policy.
Earth Hour states: “Our actions today will decide what tomorrow will look like for generations to
come. Join us at http://earthhour.org/climateaction to #ChangeClimateChange and create a better future
for us and the planet.”
“Pacific Park is home to the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel and each year we look
forward to participating in Earth Hour to further demonstrate our support for climate awareness and
action,” said Jeff Klocke, Vice President of Marketing and Administration at Pacific Park on the Santa
Monica Pier. “We work hard to be a leader in our community and industry for sustainability and green
initiatives to help our environment.”
In 2016, Earth Hour will continue to power grassroots efforts to change climate change including
driving a petition for 100 per cent renewable energy in Spain, protecting forests and biodiversity in
Africa and helping devise a comprehensive solution to Southeast Asia’s persistent haze crisis by
working with governments, businesses and civil society simultaneously on peatland protection and
sustainable palm oil.
Through its own grassroots efforts, Pacific Park received the “Excellence in Stewardship of the
Natural Environment” award at the 15th annual Sustainable Quality Awards presented by the City of
Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and the nonprofit Sustainable Works.
The Pacific Wheel soars nine stories high atop the Santa Monica Pier and features 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 also introduced the world’s first wind-powered amusement park game, the High
Striker, on Oct. 2011. All components of the High Striker were completely wind-powered including the
chaser lights with more than 100 bulbs, multiple spotlights and sound system.
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, LA’s only admission free amusement park, offers 12
amusement rides, 14 midway games, an oceanfront food plaza and retail beach shops. In addition to the
world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, the Pacific Wheel, Pacific Park’s signature rides include The
West Coaster, a steel roller coaster that races 55 feet above the Santa Monica Bay; and Inkie’s Air Lift
Balloon Ride, the high-flying, family-sharing kids’ ride. For additional information and hours of
operation, call 310-260-8744, visit www.pacpark.com, follow on Twitter: @pacpark and Like at