Pacific Park, the Santa Monica Pier’s amusement area, will have its world-famous Ferris wheel go dark on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour.

Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007, to a 5,251 city strong global movement, last year reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents, according to the Earth Hour organization.

“Pacific Park looks forward to Earth Hour each year to help raise environmental awareness,” said Jeff Klocke, Director of Marketing and Sales at Pacific Park. “Pacific Park is committed to being a leader in our community and industry for green initiatives. In addition to the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, we recently introduced the world’s only wind-powered amusement park game. With these high profile successes, we continue to identify additional greening initiatives throughout the park.”

The Pacific Wheel is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel featuring 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 wheels’ traditional incandescent bulbs.

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