PARK(ing) Day 2007, Turning Parking Spaces Into Parks

PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day returns to San Francisco and across the world this Friday, September 21st. It’s a one day event organized by the San Francisco art organization REBAR where people temporarily transform parking spaces into public parks.

More than 70% of most cities’ outdoor space is dedicated to the private vehicle while only a fraction of that land is allocated to open space for people. Around the nation, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel, and more pollution. It’s time to rethink the way streets are used!

A metered parking spot is an inexpensive short-term lease for a 10’x20’ plot of land. Imagine what you can do in a space usually dedicated to private vehicle storage. Parking Day began in a single metered parking spot in San Francisco and then spread around the world. People who want more open space, less traffic, and safer streets have joined together.

You can get involved with the project by building a park or making a donation.

Here are my photos from Park(ing) Day 2006 at Ritual Coffee Roasters.

photo credit: Scott Beale