Evelyn Lee

PARK(ING) DAY IS TODAY!

by , 09/20/07

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What started as a few grassy plots of sod occupying metered parking spots in San Francisco has blossomed into a world-wide event scheduled- and TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!! Rebar’s Park(ing) Day is back for its third year and is bigger and better than ever, this time partnering with both Public Architecture and The Trust for Public Land. ReBar hopes to expand this year’s event beyond the 13 participating cities from 2006 including New York, London, and Rio de Janeiro; and they’re inviting everyone to get involved- that means YOU! So get your greenthumb in gear and go claim your parking spot ASAP!


Parking Day, Park(ing) day, rebar, public architecture, trust for public land, public park events, san francisco parks, green events

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept behind Park(ing) Day, it’s a national one-day global event, centered in the city of San Francisco, calling all artists, activist, and citizens together to temporarily take over parking spots, turning them into “Park(ing)” spaces, or temporary public parks.

As the mission states, the purpose of Park(ing) Day “is to rethink the way streets are used, call attention to the need for urban parks, and improve the quality of urban human habitats… at least until the meter runs out.”

How can you contribute? Check with The Trust for Public Land organization to see if there is anything going on in a city near you. If not, ReBar’s Park(ing) Day site provides everything you need to know to create your own Park(ing) spot, including several environmentally suggestions on where to donate the green materials used to create your temporary park.

Lucky local San Franciscans can join a Park(ing) team, thanks to two community workshops held by ReBar on August 16th and September 11th. So what are you waiting for? Get involved, get your green-thumb in gear, and build yourself a temporary park for Park(ing) Day. See you there!

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11 Comments

  1. IaaC blog » Blog ... October 11, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    [...] of selection). The organization also cooperates with other similar groups, hosts alternative political- art practices and stay alive through [...]

  2. Morgan Daly October 1, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Ours was a rush job but we got involved. Should be bigger in Brisbane next year.
    http://www.urbangrind.com.au/archives/156

  3. Chris September 26, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Peter–

    Not everybody used sod, not everybody powered their vehicles to get there by gasoline, not everybody threw their materials away. I created a park in San Francisco that used all native plants that were loaned by a local nursery and hardscape elements that were loaned by a local salvage yard. Everything else I used was mine and I use these things at home. Nobody on the block I was on used an inch of sod. I freaking hate sod. I was parked in front of MOMA and not one person in a car stopped and hassled me because they could not find a parking spot. Many people walked by and were interested to find out how they could use native and drought-tolerant plants in their landscapes, and many people got information about salvage yards and saw what cool things they could get there. I took my stuff there in a truck powered by waste vegetable oil.
    You can look at my photos on flickr if you like:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/72612150@N00/

    keep the faith, man.

  4. jack73t September 25, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Peter said it all….I couldn’t agree more. So much of the green movement is just “showboating” with questionable positive results.

  5. Twisted Metal and Leavi... September 25, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    [...] nod by walking off the job yesterday. Friday also saw the return of parking spaces to nature via Park(ing) Day. Signs from above, no? Well, at least I’ll take it that way. image via [...]

  6. Inhabitat » PARK(... September 25, 2007 at 3:14 am

    [...] Friday was Park(ing) Day – the day where San Franciscans and sprawl-fighting citizens around the world reclaimed parking [...]

  7. Peter September 24, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    This is the stupidest thing i have ever seen. Please stop doing this. I’m all for Green this and that but what a completly non-green way to promote eco-friendly thought. Think of the hundreds of yards of sod that are waisted so that green-huggers can feel good about themselves for sticking it to the man for a day…eventhough they are really sticking it to the environment. What happens to all this sod? I hope they roll it up and use it somewhere. What about all the gas from the cars and trucks and farm vehicles it took to get this sod here only to be discarded that day. What about the guy who was trying to park in that spot who now has to circle the block a few more times and exhaust a few more pounds of CO2 into the air.
    Nice going people. Great idea.

  8. bruno September 22, 2007 at 8:19 am

    More pictures here from Park(ing) day in Valencia!
    http://www.valenciaenbici.net/Fotos/Park-ing_day/index.html

  9. bruno September 22, 2007 at 6:57 am
  10. Tyler September 21, 2007 at 10:31 am

    My University celebrated Park(ing) day by occupying the parking spot of our University president in our school’s downtown campus. I was extremely disappointed in this decision because our president parks in that spot 3 times a year at most. Had the faculty in our Urban Planning department thought this out thouroughly, we could have financed the acquisition of a full block of our downtown’s parallel parking area (I would have gladly contributed). Instead they decided to occupy a parking spot that was going to stay empty for the entire day regardless. When I approached the organizing professor, explaining that what she was doing was not following the mission of park(ing) day in any way, I was immediately dismissed, and told there was no time to change the plans (complete B.S.)! I hope everyone elses park(ing) day was more successful than mine.

  11. Dziś Park(ing) Day September 21, 2007 at 8:22 am

    [...] dzień zajmują miejsce samochodów. Ciekawe, czy będziemy to mieć w Polsce. Park(ing) Day za Inhabitat, gdzie więcej zdjęć z zeszłorocznej [...]

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