On Sept. 19, parking spaces in neighborhoods throughout the Seattle area will be transformed into temporary parks in celebration of Park(ing) Day 2008. This annual event takes place in cities around the world to highlight the need for more green space for people to rest and relax in.
The concept was created by a San Francisco art collective called Rebar to bring attention to the need for more green space in urban areas. The Seattle Parks Foundation, the Trust for Public Land and Feet First, a nonprofit promoting pedestrian rights, are partnering to promote and support the event in the Seattle area.
Participants in 40 cities across the U.S. celebrated last year’s Park(ing) Day by building about 100 of these mini-parks. (Click here for a full list of cities participating in 2008.)
Park(ing) Day organizers encourage creativity and are already seeing neighborhood groups like SEEDArts and The Gateway Project take the lead. On the Columbia Citizens’ neighborhood wiki, community members have listed ideas for themes such as Columbia City Beach, Namaste Park, and my favorite, the Distraction Preserve, which will feature free dance lessons and concerts.
Here are a few of examples from Park(ing) Day 2007:
Cortelyou Road Park, Brooklyn
Pilsen, Lower West Side, Chicago
Interested in greening up your street? You can get stared by reading this “How-To” from the Seattle Parks Foundation.
If you plan on building a park, let us know where you'll be! We’d love to come by and take a picture of your park for the site.