Gallery: Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast...

Photo provided by Urban Habitat Chicago
Here's a few words from Lee Bouchard of Urban Habitat:

"Our inspiration is simple- replacing just a small amount of asphalt with greenery can have a big impact on our quality of life. A space reserved for a car is stolen from a child.... And every inch of asphalt means dirty stormwater down the drain (and into our lakes), instead of rainwater filtering back into our water table. Asphalt also is a huge component of the urban heat island effect.

Even on this rainy parking day, the trees in our park are pumping out oxygen to combat the car exhaust, and the green view is pumping out smiles on the passers-by!"

Park(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar Studio converted a single parking space into a pop-up park. The idea is that as long as you feed the meter, the space is yours to use as you please. Since then the event has gained momentum and spread around the world – and today marks the 7th anniversary of the event.

Stay tuned as we bring you our favorite pop-up parks from 2012 – and if you’d like to share photos of a Park(ing) Day installation near you, simply send an email with a short description to editor [at]!

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  1. Themedweasel45 September 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Those Philly girls really know how to park it.

  2. calebcrawford September 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

    the action is not well publicized until after the fact. it’s a nice project, and gets notice, but it will fizz out if more advance notice isn’t given.

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