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PARK(ing) Day – transforming public spaces on Sept 18th

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We love this idea and challenge people to get involved! We also challenge you NOT to use grass, but other materials that inspire productive and sustainable use of space. We’re brainstorming now.

PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The Project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of San Francisco that is underserved by public open space.

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The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate regarding how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

A quintessentially “open source” project, PARK(ing) Day has been adapted and remixed to address a variety of social issues in diverse urban contexts around the world. Over its four year history, PARK(ing) Day has expanded to include a broad range of interventions well beyond the basic “tree-bench-sod” park typology first modeled by Rebar. In recent years, participants have built interventions ranging from free health clinics, urban farming and ecology demonstrations, political seminars, art installations, free bike repair shops and even a wedding ceremony!

PARK(ing) Day has effectively re-valued the metered parking space as an important part of the commons – a site for generosity, expression, socializing and play. And although temporary, PARK(ing) Day has inspired direct participation in the civic processes that permanently alter the urban landscape.

We hope PARK(ing) Day inspires you to take an active interest in how your city is made!

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