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Posted: September 20, 2013

Photos: PARK(ing) Day 2013: See the mini parks made from parking spaces

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Some parking spaces around Portland don’t have cars in them today. They have parks. Small parks, sure, but parks nevertheless. It’s PARK(ing) Day, and several local businesses are celebrating. The event is “an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.” Some are giving away cookies, some are encouraging passersby to draw, talk, or ride a smoothie-making bicycle. And they’re all hoping you’ll take a minute to consider the perks of open spaces.

What is PARK(ing) Day?

Businesses, designers, artists, architects, and citizens turn metered parking spaces into temporary public parks for the day. Customers can relax, members of the public can mingle, and people walking by can say “huh?” The hope is that these temporary park installations will foster conversation among citizens about our interactions with and access to public open space in the city, and the amount of publicly-owned space occupied by cars that could perhaps be used for something else. We will put a map online, so that during their lunch hour (or at other times during the day), residents and tourists can visit the various “parks” in town, chat with the creators, visit the businesses that have sponsored the “parks,” and have enlightening discussions with other park users.
FMI: PARK(ing) Day Portland on Facebook

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