September 18, 2020

Scenes from #ParkingDay Around the World

by joeyphoenix

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PARK(ing) Day 2020 is today, September 18th, and art parklets and vibrant community spaces are popping up all over the world, reimagining how parking lots and spaces can be activated for the community.

The event exists to draw awareness to how much car parking takes up space in city centers, and to rethink what could potentially take its place if that parking was moved elsewhere.

For PARK(ing) day (#parkingday on social media), artists, designers, community planners across the globe are showing us how these parking spots can better be used.

Here are some of the scenes from #parkingday around the world.

Salem, MA

Philadelphia, PA

São Leopoldo, Brazil

Alicante, Spain

Berlin, Germany

Dublin, Ireland

Hobart (TAS) Australia

Yokohama, Japan

Laval, France

Rasht, Iran

Since Parking Day has begun, many things other than parking have been happening in these spots:

  • a wedding ceremony
  • a productive landscape
  • a free head & neck massage
  • a free worm composting demo
  • a pedal powered smoothie
  • a solar panel demonstration
  • a DIY lemonade stand
  • a public park
  • a free health clinic
  • an ecology center
  • a public back porch
  • an urban farming display
  • a glass recycling center
  • an interactive sculpture
  • a political campaign
  • an outdoor classroom
  • a fi ngerpainting studio
  • a public kiddie pool
  • a public safety demonstration
  • a national park
  • a free bicycle repair shop
  • a memorial glen
  • a croquet tournament
  • a public dog park
  • a PARKcycle
  • a notebook to elected offi cials
  • a chess tournament
  • an open poetry reading
  • a barbecue
  • a lawn bowling course
  • a marshland
  • an art gallery
  • a pirates’ cove
  • a hula
  • a dinner party
  • a public reading room
  • a public beach
  • a public picnic
  • a chicken coop

Anything could happen next.

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