Something really incredible is happening for hoopers this month in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and while other cities have been closing down city streets for people to enjoy biking and walking and playing in general, taking back a stretch of road to spin up a temporary urban park, Vancouver is the first city we’ve heard of to do it specifically for hooping. Vancouverites have the opportunity to experience hooping this month in a way that few will ever get the chance to, spinning things up in the middle of Granville Street, a popular and very busy thoroughfare. It’s all part of creating HULA! – a very cool and very hip urban hula hoop playground.
It’s not simply a matter of closing down a street for hoopers either. It’s more than that. Designed by architectural graduates Byron Chiang and Zhaleh Moulaei, and working with the help of the structural engineering consulting firm, Bevan-Pritchard Man, they’ve built a lightweight pavilion made with 200 hula hoops. The hoops are painstakingly arranged to create an inviting space for people to give hooping a spin. VIVA Vancouver and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association are behind the awesome temporary installations.
The free events that are taking place this month in downtown Vancouver are bringing together urban space and body, social interaction and excitement. Passersby are encouraged to hoop with one of the loose fruitful hoops on the ground and in case you’ve missed the earlier opportunity in front of Pacific Centre Mall on Granville Street, you can still check it out this coming weekend on August 25th at the same location between 10:00am and 6:00pm. VIVA Vancouver began in 2010 as a City of Vancouver initiative to transform streets into vibrant public spaces. The complete city calendar is available here.