Park(ing) Day is a day for citizens, artists, and activists to collaborate and temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public spaces. Started in 2005 by the Rebar Group, Inc., this annual event has evolved from one space to a global movement. Although temporary, the hope is that Park(ing) Day inspires people to participate in the civic processes that have the potential to permanently change the urban landscape.
So, what are some of the advantages of parklets?
- By supporting parklets, we celebrate the creation of public spaces for social interaction and increased pedestrian activity.
- A parklet can increase pedestrian traffic, encourage social interaction, and provide a green space.
- Parklets also provide a space for innovation that is fairly cost-effective and can demonstrate the value of parks within the city.
This year’s event was held on Friday, September 16, 2016. APHA staff showed their support by heading outside to staff a parklet, interacting with passersby and educating the public on the importance of park space.
“Park(ing) Day is a great opportunity to get out of the office and encourage our colleagues to meet outdoors instead of inside conference rooms. And our temporary parks reminded me to take advantage of the city’s permanent green spaces.” – Donya Currie, Web Manager, APHA
Pictures courtesy of Rebar Group, Inc. and APHA