PARK(ing) DAY: Transforming Parking Spots into Public Parks

PARK(ing) DAY: Transforming Parking Spots into Public Parks

Today is the annual PARK(ing) DAY, a one-day global event where architects, artists, activists, gardeners and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Do you have one in your city?

Beginning in 2005, San Francisco art collective, Rebar, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of the city that is under served by public open space. The act aimed to bring attention to how urban public space is allocated and used and highlight the fact that the majority of it is dedicated to the vehicle. Now the event is called PARK(ing) DAY and it is a global phenomenon. People have been converting parking spaces into everything from mini golf courses, music venues, cafes to just a relaxing urban oasis.

Find out the nearest PARK(ing) spot in your town at the PARK(ing) DAY network website.

(Images via the PARK(ing) DAY network)

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