We turned on the news this morning to find that this event was happening just outside our front door:
Today is National Park(ing) Day. Park(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “Park(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
Public parking spaces around the nation have sprouted grass, trees, flowers, park benches, and lawn chairs, sponsored by TPL and based on an idea conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco artist’s corporative. Check out photos from National Park(ing) Day, 2008, as well as a full list of participating cities at www.tpl.org/parkingday.
The annual event celebrates the importance of parks in cities and calls attention to the need for new city parks. Volunteers create a park for a day-or a few hours-by feeding the meter at a public parking spot. Then they create a temporary park and invite passerby to enjoy it.