by Kai Hsing
If you’ve ever wondered what else could be done with a single parking space – here are some ideas.
With PARK(ing) Day 2009 fast approaching, here’s a look back at some of the wonderful projects people came up with for the event in San Francisco a couple years back.
If you’re not familiar, PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, worldwide event that raises awareness about the use of public space and urban planning issues by transforming parking spaces into public parks, guerrilla-style. Ordinary citizens take over one or more parking spaces for the day by feeding the meter and then reinventing their borrowed space by installing a putting green, croquet course, or even a chicken farm.
The San Francisco-based creative collective Rebar started the event in 2005, and it’s been growing steadily every year with more cities across the country and the world participating.
I hope that this video will give you an impression of what an amazing and transformational event this can be. Also, given that PARK(ing) Day 2009 is roughly three months from now, this is the perfect time to start planning your own project for September 18. Check out the PARK(ing) Day 2009 Web site that’s been revamped with wonderful digital tools to help you get inspired and started with a project of your own.
Thanks to Sarah Evershed for her help with producing parts of this piece.