September 16, 2011 — In cities around the globe today, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."
Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”
Locally, the event will be celebrated in Albuquerque by various groups, organizations, businesses, and anyone else that would like to participate in the free event. There are planned parks in downtown and the UNM area. Join your friends, coworkers, classmates, or someone random on the street and create a public space in a metered parking spot between 10 and noon on Friday, September 16th!
More information can be found on the event website:
A page for the event in Albuquerque can be found at:
If you are interested in participating, the group webpage can be used to coordinate and discuss any planning related issues.
We hope to see many parks, er parquitos, on the 16th!
About the founders of Park(ing) Day
Rebar (www.rebargroup.org). Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Rebar is an internationally recognized art and design studio operating at the intersection of art, design and ecology.