Parking spaces scattered across US cities September 22, 2007 were occupied by potted trees, expanses of sod, and lawn furniture in an effort to transform asphalt into green space -- until the meter ran out.
The organizers called it Park(ing) Day, stretching from San Francisco to forty US cities and ten overseas.
To rethink the way streets are used, call attention to the need for urban parks, and improve the quality of urban human habitat....at least until the meter runs out!
I love the PARK(ing) Day 2007 How to Manual that instructs builders to place signs indicating that this space has been transformed from a parking spot to a PARK(ing) space for public enjoyment and inviting participants to pay the meter.
SAFETY FIRST, keep people away from traffic! Plastic bollards linked with rope, potted plants, or any self-supporting boundary is important to provide a sense of enclosure and safety for people occupying your PARK(ing) space.
The more seating you provide, the greater the chance of unplanned interaction among PARK(ing) participants. Good park benches can be obtained used on the internet or rented from a film/theatre prop rental agency.
Find a metered parking spot in an ideal sunny location for people to stop, rest, relax, or do nothing. Check to see if your city planning agency (or other open space advocacy group) has a map of areas underserved by public open space. Make contacts! You may be surprised how receptive people are to your PARK(ing) idea.
Check for sun, shade, wind, weather, traffic, and construction.
Photos from Flickr