Parks for a day

Park(ing) Day 2010 is tomorrow, September 17th!

Cascade Land Conservancy and the Green Seattle Partnership will be hosting two spots downtown for the third year in a row, helping people connect with local conservation and restoration initiatives and publicizing Green Seattle Day (November 6th!). Come down to 2nd Avenue between University and Union Streets where we’ll be joined again by Feet First, Transportation Choices, and Streets for All Seattle. Zipcar, Cascade Bicycle Club, SAM, and the Trust for Public Land will all be within a block or so of our spot, so there will be plenty going on! Check out the map of all of the cool spots all over the city. Last year we were in the KOMO coverage when the newscasters stopped to play corn hole with us.

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

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