Park(ing) Day

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Park(ing) Day is an annual global event created by a collaborative artists group called ReBar in San Francisco . Activists, citizens and artists gather to convert parking spaces into public spaces to bring attention to the amount of space in cities given over to automobiles. In New York City the event is organized by Transportation Alternatives and The Trust for Public Land.

What is a PARK?

The idea is quite simple. Cars effectively “rent” space on city streets. Pavement in cities comprises some 25-40% of usable space depending on how you do your calculation. Why not temporarily rent those spaces for public use instead to bring awareness to the need for public space and how much of our open spaces is being used for stationary vehicles?

How can I do it?

parkingday.jpgCreating a PARK is easy and open to personal creativity. Simply bring some materials like a tarp, sod or astroturf, maybe some potted plants, and a few chairs or benches. Come prepared with a few rolls of quarters for the meter. Rent your spot, roll out your park(ing) space and voilá, instant public space! If you want to get more creative, set up a putting green, croquet court, kiddie wading pool, swingset, you name it! Taking a look at local ordinances is probably a wise idea though it is rare that people receive more than a passing chuckle or confused passing glance.

What is Park(ing) Day?


Anyone can create a PARK anywhere at anytime but once a year is Park(ing) Day where people from around the world coordinate to create them on the same day. In 2007, there were more than 200 PARKs in over 50 cities worldwide, including: - 58 PARKs in San Francisco, including 5 Sidewalk Plazas by Public Architecture. - 45 PARKs in Los Angeles. - 25 PARKs in NYC (one of which is pictured at right). There were also PARKs in major cities, including Washington DC, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, St. Paul, Boston, Austin, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Miami, London, Bremen, Utrecht, Barcelona, Valencia, Munich, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Toronto, Melbourne, Brisbane (Australia) and Vilnius (Lithuania). [1]

ALSO ON THE LIVABLE STREETS NETWORK

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REFERENCES

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[1] Streetfilms
[2] http://www.parkingday.org
[3] Streetfilms
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PICTURE REFERENCES

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[1] http://www.parkingday.org/background/index/html
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