Gallery: PARK(ing) Day 2009 Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Parks

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Park(ing) Day! Parking space invasion day! The day to roll out some sod, fire up the barbeque, and set out in the street like it’s your front porch. If you didn’t hear about it from us, from the event site, or from last year’s awesome photos, then you must not have gotten the telegram, ’cause this is the best reason to cruise around the city on bikes since you were 10 years old.

San Francisco Inhabitants Mike Chino, Trey Farmer, and Moe Beitiks pedaled against the uncharacteristically sweltering San Francisco heat Friday to visit a number of “Parks” in the SOMA and Mission districts. Many of the parks are the creative work of organizations, companies, or activists with a cause to sprout. Case in point: Amber Hasselbring of Build Mission Greenbelt Gardens, who set up a delightfully shady rock garden with plants from Bay Natives. Her little patch of paradise was in tribute to a collection of mini-paradises, native plant gardens cut into the sidewalk throughout the Mission, a project that is currently underway. Here are some of our other favorite highlights:

REBAR rolled out their incredible pedal powered parkmobile.

Architecture for Humanity set up a swank lounge space complete with hanging gardens and a solar powered sound system.

Temple nightclub was the sun soaked party destination of the afternoon.

Spur set up a lovely pop-up cafe complete with tables, a storytelling game, and a classical cellist.

The Mission Greenbelt Project gave SF residents a taste of their proposed set of green public gardens.

Interstice Architects rolled out with a mobile Forest on Foot that moved from parking space to parking space. Once the day was over their grove of jacaranda trees would soon find new homes throughout the mission.

The Free Design Clinic set up an awesome umbrella shade tent and an inspiring hanging garden created from recycled water bottles.

Brooklynites represented Park(ing) day on the east coast too!

Throughout the day we were struck by how much the level of discourse for Park(ing) Day seems to have grown from the simple “more green space, less cars!” to a site-specific, citywide discussion of urban and natural spaces.

+ PARK(ing) Day


Photos by Mike Chino and Moe Beitiks


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  1. penguinarmydenmark November 11, 2009 at 8:53 am

    hey super cool! Penguin Army denmark ( did the same here in Denmark the 12 of september.. tjek out the photos here: and sign up to become a “penguin” at the DIY-climate-community

  2. 2martha September 24, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I saw that in my neighborhood … nice concept!

  3. davidwayneosedach September 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Yes! Yes! And yes! San Francisco is perfect for this. Ihope it spreadsto other major cities like Boston, Houston, and Chicago!

  4. NotAHypocrite September 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I wonder how much more gas will be used by people forced to drive around to find a parking spot not being occupied by grass and hippies smoking it.

  5. JZSTEEN September 20, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Wow that is one cool lookin place, almost magical!


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