PARK(ing) Day 2015

On Friday September 18th, PARK(ing) Day returned to the Boyle Street area of Edmonton, along Namêw Ave (97 Street) and Okîsikow Way (101a Avenue). PARK(ing) Day is an annual event taking place internationally where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into PARK(ing) spaces: temporary public places (parkingday.org). Twenty street parking spots were reimagined by local artists and organizations, and turned into sites for imagination and community building. From interactive art installations, rap battles, tai chi and yoga, unique information booths, to a clothing swap, each of the stalls promoted conversation and connection in our community. 

Everyone had a blast! The weather was perfect and the crowd fantastic. We could not have asked for a better afternoon! Here are some snaps from PARK(ing) Day 2015! 

Photography by Charmaine Lowe

The parklet for the Toaist Tai Chi Society. 

The parklet for the Toaist Tai Chi Society. 

A view of Taryn Knetemen's Letters to Trees. Visitors were encouraged to sit down, have a cup of tea, and write a letter to a tree. 

A view of Taryn Knetemen's Letters to Trees. Visitors were encouraged to sit down, have a cup of tea, and write a letter to a tree. 

Evelyn Delgado from the Royal Alberta Museum organized a pop up children's museum, complete with crowdsourced cardboard cut-outs of Alberta's animals. 

Evelyn Delgado from the Royal Alberta Museum organized a pop up children's museum, complete with crowdsourced cardboard cut-outs of Alberta's animals. 

Local artist Megan Gnanasihamany organized a clothing swap at her parklet. People were encouraged to donate as well as to take items that caught their eye!

Local artist Megan Gnanasihamany organized a clothing swap at her parklet. People were encouraged to donate as well as to take items that caught their eye!

The Edmonton-Centre NDP MLA David Shepard came out to show his support for the arts and community in Edmonton. What a great guy!

The Edmonton-Centre NDP MLA David Shepard came out to show his support for the arts and community in Edmonton. What a great guy!

Lisa Lunn and David Leriger created "Memory Alpha," a discussion of diversity through the lens of Star Trek. 

Lisa Lunn and David Leriger created "Memory Alpha," a discussion of diversity through the lens of Star Trek. 

Robyn Webb and Danielle Koleyak from City of Edmonton’s Environmental Strategies section  created a pop-up information booth about the environment in Edmonton. People could get their photos taken with fun props, all while learning about different elements of the environment, such as air quality, green house gases, water quality, and more. 

Robyn Webb and Danielle Koleyak from City of Edmonton’s Environmental Strategies section  created a pop-up information booth about the environment in Edmonton. People could get their photos taken with fun props, all while learning about different elements of the environment, such as air quality, green house gases, water quality, and more. 

Dawn Marie Marchand made 1186 handmade butterflies to symbolize each Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Woman in Canada since 2014. Her installation artwork kamamak speaks to the namesake of 101a Avenue (a.k.a. Okisikow, or Angel, Way), it offers a safe space for healing, and it celebrates the resilience of Indigenous women who have been victims of violence. 

Dawn Marie Marchand made 1186 handmade butterflies to symbolize each Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Woman in Canada since 2014. Her installation artwork kamamak speaks to the namesake of 101a Avenue (a.k.a. Okisikow, or Angel, Way), it offers a safe space for healing, and it celebrates the resilience of Indigenous women who have been victims of violence

Stantec's Mark LaRue, Tom Young, Katie Hurst, Samantha Hammer  brought a giant, rainbow container garden to Parking Day to showcase the awesomeness of urban farming.

Stantec's Mark LaRue, Tom Young, Katie Hurst, Samantha Hammer  brought a giant, rainbow container garden to Parking Day to showcase the awesomeness of urban farming.

Under Construction - yoga and medidation in a construction zone by Elizabeth Withey and friends. She "would like those who visit ...  to reflect on this idea of building a city versus building a person."

Under Construction - yoga and medidation in a construction zone by Elizabeth Withey and friends. She "would like those who visit ...  to reflect on this idea of building a city versus building a person."

Street view of PARK(ing) Day, featuring the E4C Community Mapping Project, and Look Out by Carly Greene. 

Street view of PARK(ing) Day, featuring the E4C Community Mapping Project, and Look Out by Carly Greene. 

Look out by Carly Greene invited visitors to use the binoculars to focus on the people and places that compose their community, and to record their observations on the walls of the structure with the markers and pens provided. 

Look out by Carly Greene invited visitors to use the binoculars to focus on the people and places that compose their community, and to record their observations on the walls of the structure with the markers and pens provided. 

Sydney Gross created a Diary for the People, a massive communal scrap-booked diary. Collectively visitors and passersby contributed to the project as the day progressed.

Sydney Gross created a Diary for the People, a massive communal scrap-booked diary. Collectively visitors and passersby contributed to the project as the day progressed.

The powerful and awe-inspiring young MCs from The iHuman rhymed and beatboxed all afternoon, gave us all goosebumps, then brought the figurative house down! 

The powerful and awe-inspiring young MCs from The iHuman rhymed and beatboxed all afternoon, gave us all goosebumps, then brought the figurative house down! 

PARK(ing) Day 2015 was a massive success! We couldn't have done it without our partners CITYlab, City Region Studies Centre, The Quarters Downtown, and Stantec. 
We would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the participants and artists who helped reimagine a better use for parking stalls. Thanks also to the hard working volunteers on this project, Jeana Ridley, Jodie McKague, Charmaine Lowe, Max Atchison, and Tom Young.