Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time.
International Parking Day, This Friday September 20th 2013. Started in 2005 with 1 city and 1 a DYI project by Rebar, a art and design studio, rolled out some sod (grass) put a tree, fence and park bench out for people to come enjoy the city.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!
For 2 hours the Park(ing) day was over, however, a iconic image of the event spread the idea like wild fire across the web. Bombarding Rabar with request for more installations for Park(ing) day in other cities. In 2011 the DYI project has now spread to 975 Parks, in 162 Cities, across 5 Countries, and on 6 Continents.
Perhaps you are wondering is this actually legal for a Non-Vehicle to take up a parking space. Well on the park(ing) day website they provide the answer to this and many other FAQ.
"Sometimes yes, sometimes no. The specifics depend on your local legal codes and it is your responsibility to check the law. In San Francisco it appears to be legal to do other things in a parking spot besides park a vehicle, but in some municipalities (New York City, for example) alternate activities are expressly prohibited. It’s up to you to be informed and flexible when it comes to obeying your local law."
Check for a Park(ing) spot near you http://goo.gl/maps/bZvQB. If you want to contribute to next year Park(ing) Day, plan for next year Park(ing) day is on the third Friday in September. http://parkingday.org
Park(ing) Day 2011 Salt Lake City All videos found on Park(ing) day website.
Rebar, Park(ing) Day video of project 2007
Video of San Francisco's 1st Park(ing) Day in 2005
Park(ing) Day Los Vegas, 2010