Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Park(ing) Day turns asphalt into greenspace

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 5:23 PM

This Friday, that trusty parking spot in downtown Atlanta just may be replaced with a patch of grass and a freewheelin' youngster flying a kite.

The nationwide event, National Park(ing) Day, is hosted by the city and  sponsored by the Trust for Public Land. For one day, public parking spaces will morph into mini-parks. The idea was originally hatched by Rebar, a San Francisco arts collective. Last year's event created more than 200 new "parks" across the nation and world. To learn how to make your own  "parking park" for Friday, click here. (For photos of last year's event, check out TPL's National Park(ing) Day Flickr page.)

“By turning parking spaces into instant parks, National Park(ing) Day creatively demonstrates how much our cities need parks,” said Will Rogers, TPL president. “Across America, cities are renewing their investments in parks, because civic leaders have come to recognize that close-to-home parks, gardens, and playgrounds are essential if we are to have cities that aren't just livable, but lovable.”

Lovable indeed! When was the last time you hugged Atlanta? The city plans to hold a "Park(ing) Day" at City Hall with artists, farmers and a solar panel demonstration.

(Photo by Donna McCall at TPL's Flickr page)

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