Parking Space or Public Park?

Pull up a seat and make yourself at home in your nearest parking spot

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    Some participants in the 2008 Park(ing) Day enjoying their flooring made out of cork and grass.

    Going green is getting artsy, but only for a day.

    On Friday, September 18, expect to see many more public parks around the city in honor of Philly’s second annual Park(ing) Day. Let’s just hope the weather cooperates.

    More than thirty groups of activists, artists and architects (and regular people, too) will transform metered parking spaces into mini-public parks. 

    Sponsored by The Trust for Public Land, Park(ing) Day is an international event to raise awareness of the need for more parks and public interaction in cities.

    “Close-to-home parks, gardens and playgrounds are essential if we are to have cities that aren’t just liveable, but loveable,” said Will Rogers, president of the Trust for Public Land.

    Park(ing) Day originated in San Francisco when the design collective, Rebar, began to re-imagine what could be done in a simple parking space. It has turned into a worldwide event. 

    So pull up a seat, a blanket or whatever else you choose to bring to your "park."