What Is PARK(ing) Day?
PARK(ing) Day is an international pop-up event held annually that provides a glimpse of what’s possible when you look at on-street parking as a public space instead of limiting it to vehicle storage. From public parks to free health clinics, from art galleries to demonstration gardens, PARK(ing) Day participants have claimed the metered parking space as a rich new territory for creative experimentation and activism.
The City of Walnut Creek is teaming up with local organizations to create up to four installations in the Downtown area that re-purpose existing on-street parking. Each participant would transform a couple of parking spaces into a one-day installation that emphasizes a human-scaled public space. While PARK(ing) Day may be temporary, the image of possibility it offers has lasting effects and is helping to shift the way streets are perceived and utilized.
The original PARK(ing) Day was created in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio. The project has since blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement.
Washington, DC, 2015 PARK(ing) Day
Baltimore, MD, 2015 PARK(ing) Day
Tempe, Arizona, 2014 PARK(ing) Day
West Palm Beach, Florida, 2013 (PARK)ing Day