PARK(ing) Day is your chance to transform a parking space to an active public space for the day, an hour or two over lunchtime or even before or after work and be apart of an annual global event!
All you have to do is:
1) Find a space
2) Build a team. Ask your friends, family and neighbours to help plan, build and dissemble your parklet
3) Find materials. Find a ground cover and seating, something to lay down, remove and re-use.
4) Transport. How are you going to get your materials on and off site.
5) Safety. Clearly define the boundary of the parklet and the access is safe.
Tell local businesses who you are, what you are going to do and why.
To participate in PARK(ing) Day you must agree to the terms of its license. This website has some great resources you can use including a manual to help with planning and a poster you can put on your parklet. This event has to be held on a public space and not for profit.
Don’t forget to share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram #parkingday #parkingday2016 #gapfillerchch #PD1
PARK(ing) Day is an international open sourced event that falls on the third Friday of September every year, where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces. Now an annual event, the project began in 2005 when Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of San Francisco that had limited open public space.
Parks and gardens are perhaps the best-recognised public areas; in fact, most of the publicly owned space in a city is roading. Reclaiming and repurposing car-parking spaces into parks for people, even for a short while, creates conversation about how public space is used in our cities.
Last year we celebrated PARK(ing) Day for the first time in Christchurch. With 15 other businesses, organisations and individuals we re-purposed 18 car parks to create alternative public spaces. For more information about what is happening this year visit the Face Book Event page
To get involved in PARK(ing) Day you must agree to the terms of its license. This website has some great resources that you can use including; a manual to help you with your planning and a poster that you can display on your parklet. To be part of their event it has to be a public space and not for profit.