Take to the Streets!
“Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.” (parkingday.org)
Ten years ago, Park(ing) Day started as an open-source project from San Francisco-based architecture firm, ReBar. In recent years, participants in other North American cities, have built interventions ranging from art installations, urban farming demonstrations, free health clinics and more! Although temporary, Park(ing) Day has inspired direct participation in the civic processes that alter the urban landscape. It not only highlights the versatility of public spaces, but also showcases grassroots community development.
On September 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. we are inviting the community to participate in a Park(ing) Day celebration.
This event is presented by The Drawing Room in partnership with CITYlab and City Region Studies Centre. We hope to create an inspiring and accessible event that explores the significance of this place by asking, “How might public spaces better accommodate and celebrate the diverse people that live here?”
Metered street parking stalls will be transformed into temporary parklets, art projects, or performance venues!
Working within the parameters of an 8 by 24 foot parking stall, participants are challenged to engage passersby, get creative with public space, celebrate diversity, and talk about place.