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!
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!