The Streetsblog California Park(ing) Day Post
Today is Park(ing) Day, the now-ten-year-old celebration that repurposes street parking spots for people rather than cars.
The concept is simple. People “take over” a parking space and use it for something other than car parking for a day, or a couple of hours, or until the meter runs out. As you would expect, Streetsblog generally finds Park(ing) Day pretty exciting and has led bike tours, produced maps, programmed our own spaces, and of course covered the heck out of the annual event.
This year, we’re asking for your help to cover Park(ing) Day throughout California.
The goal of Park(ing) Day is to show how much public space is wasted for below-market-rate storage of people’s personal property. Once people experience what can be done in even a small amount of space, they usually want changes in cities’ public parking policies.
Park(ing) Day is something of a success. Today, the concept of a “parklet” has taken hold in many cities, and what were temporary have in many spots become permanent people parking spots.
ReBar, the group that started the idea in 2006, no longer exists, and participation on the official Park(ing) Day website is spotty, so there’s no one central place you can go any more to see where parking spots are being turned into temporary parks in your city, or others. But other groups have taken over and run with the concept, from local advocacy groups like WOBO in Oakland to the American Society of Landscape Architects, which is designing and putting up parklets throughout the country today.
So there are still plenty of great Park(ing) Day parklets popping up around the state. Send your media from Park(ing) Day throughout California to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include it in this post.
We’re ready for our park guests! Stop by our first floor to play games and win prizes with us. #ParkingDaySD pic.twitter.com/12wbAH0jfL
— 6th & K Parkade (@6thandK) September 18, 2015
Happy #PARKingDay! Where are you celebrating your day of #CarFree streets? @parkingday pic.twitter.com/5ie1J1XY3s — TransForm (@TransForm_Alert) September 16, 2016
Join the fun at our #parkingday parklet at @melroseumbrella on @MelroseAveLA. @StreetsblogCal #StreetsForPeople pic.twitter.com/eVJQM6BTaa — Mid City West CC (@midcitywest) September 16, 2016
Not yet my favorite #DTLA place, but could be if @psrenew plan goes forward. #DTLA2040 #ParkingDay pic.twitter.com/QmcySr9K1M
— Niall Huffman (@kneel28) September 16, 2016
Orange County’s Park(ing) Day had to be different! It takes place tomorrow.
4 thoughts on The Streetsblog California Park(ing) Day Post
These are great, but in LA I can’t help but feel sad that we are celebrating these peanuts when what we really need is city leadership with the will to create actual parks and green space in our communities that so desperately lack it.
“….public space is wasted for below-market-rate storage of people’s personal property.” Streetsblog is the only place where I’ve seen car parking referred to in this way. The space is not being wasted if my car is in it. Most Americans think free parking is a God-given right (sarcasm light is on)
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