PARK(ing) Day is coming again! This year, PARK(ing) Day is happening on Friday September 17th – all around the world. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, Park(ing) Day is “an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places”.
“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!”.
You can watch a great video on the concept of PARK(ing) Day on their website here:
In 2008 there were over 200 PARKs in 50 major cities, including New York, London and Los Angeles. In Australia, we have found two cities that are embracing the PARK(ing) Day concept – Brisbane and Adelaide.<
In 2008 Brisbane participated and featured 40 parks on the day, attracting a large number of people and the media. They produced a brilliant booklet on the project which can be viewed online here.
This year, Brisbane is supporting the concept again, and will be joined by Adelaide as well. If you live in either of these cities, we would recommend you get involved! You can find more information and links to these groups at the following resources:
Brisbane PARK(ing) Day
Adelaide PARK(ing) Day
Adelaide PARK(ing) Day on facebook