Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! This week we asked you to send in photos of the most amazing pop-up parks taking over parking spots near you - and today we're publishing them for all the world to see. From San Francisco to Baltimore, Australia, Europe and beyond, click through our gallery to see all the fun ways people transformed bare patches of pavement into green urban oases. If you'd like to join in, there's still time to contribute - send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of the park and who created it and we'll share it with our readers! You can also tag your Park(ing) Day photos with #Inhabitat on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Vienna, Austria – For the past four years Vienna’s Hinterland Gallery has set up a Krongarden park in Krongasse. The park is a non-commercial public space where people meet, communicate, and enjoy summer weather, ice cream, music and food. This year’s Krongarden was designed by the artist Andreas Strauss.
Gudrun Wallenböck writes: “The garden was once again used as a meeting point, a place of communication, participation, art and nature. An unknown oasis in the middle of the city. A place where everyone can relax, think about our relation to nature and city, to parking space and a space of relaxation. A new way of thinking and enjoying our lives.”
Palm Beach, Queensland, Australia – Gerard McCormick of Cardno teamed up with Tim from Lakeside Supermarket and Judy and Mark of Lakeside Bakery to plop town a placid patch of grass for Park(ing) Day at Palm Beach in Queensland, Australia. Gerard says they set up the park “Because we love Palmy and need better traffic calming outside the shops. This worked because the rubberneckers had to slow down to look.”
Baltimore, Maryland – For the third year in Baltimore, a group of design firms, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and city agencies took Park(ing) Day to new heights by co-locating 20+ spaces near the corner of Morton and W. Chase Streets in Mount Vernon, surrounding the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIABaltimore) and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.
Baltimore, Maryland – Living Classrooms brought the urban wilderness of Masonville Cove to Baltimore.
Baltimore, Maryland – The Emerging Professionals Committee of the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter teamed up with a local animal rescue to create a pen with puppies for adoption.
Hamilton, Bermuda – Bermuda Seed Savers are giving away free seeds at their Park(ing) Day park in Bermuda. Frances Eddy is manning this park and she’s a legendary bio intensive farmer on the island. It’s been a beautiful day and a great turn out on Reid Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.
#parkingday2015 #parkingday #rchstudios #thewateringhole#landscapearchitecture Parking day at rchstudios! Let’s think about our rain water infrastructure! A photo posted by grant (@kamakiri8) on
The @mg2_design team hard at work assembling our park for @parkingdaysea! Join us at the corner of Spring and Western and enjoy a brat while working on your putt. #parkingday2015 #MG2design #pd15 A photo posted by MG2 (formerly MulvannyG2) (@mg2_design) on