Park(ing) Day is an annual event aiming to re-imagine the possibilities of 170 square feet of public space. The event brings together activits, artists, architects, and Philadelphia residents to celebrate parks and public spaces in cities across the country; raising awareness of the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in our cities.
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On Friday, September 19th, Philadelphia will celebrate the international event known as Park(ing) Day. Dozens of interactive parks will appear on the streets of Philadelphia as artists, activists, planners, local businesses, and Philly residents take over metered parking spots, all in an effort to promote green and pedestrian-friendly urban spaces.
The small size of the parks - an area contained within 170 square feet - and their temporary nature sets them apart permanent green spaces in the city, while the creative use of the space by designers acts as an opportunity to host landscaped meeting areas, cafes, makeshift mini golf courses, and inventive public art displays.
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More about Park(ing) Day
Park(ing) Day was founded by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, in 2005 to raise awareness of the need for green spaces in urban environments. Philadelphia celebrated Park(ing) Day for the first time in 2008 with over 25 installations for relaxing, cycling, creating art, education, and socializing. For more information, visit parkingday.org.
Every year, on the second Friday in September, Philadelphia residents transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. Sign up for the fun today!
Photos by Beth Van Why for the 2008 DesignPhiladelphia Festival.