23.9.11

Successful Park(ing) Day in Ottawa

Park(ing) Day Ottawa New York, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Australia
Ever heard of Park(ing) Day? It's an annual worldwide event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places known as PARK(ing) spaces. This clever project is the brainchild of an interdisciplinary studio called Rebar in San Franscico. They produced the first one back in 2005 and this quickly turned into a worldwide event. As such, each year on the third Friday of September, Park(ing) Spaces are created in hundreds of cities around the world.

Park(ing) Day Ottawa New York, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Australia
This year Ottawa had one too, thanks to yowLAB. They created a nice Park(ing) space in front of a restaurant in the Byward Market, with a bright yellow fence, benches, astroturf and potted plants. Well done!

Wouldn't it be a great if Ottawa participated every year? It would be fun to have several Park(ing) spaces likes this in the city. We could even turn it into an annual competition between different wards. And perhaps get citizens to help fund these projects by installing a special parking meter placed next to future location of a Park(ing) space to help with the cost of materials to create the spaces. This doesn't need to be promoted by the city. I think it would be better and faster if individual businesses with parking in front of their store would team up with some people to make it happen.

If you're thinking about participating next year, check out what other cities have done over the years below for some inspiration.
Park(ing) Day Ottawa New York, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Australia
Park(ing) Day Ottawa New York, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Australia

Photos : yowLAB | the green dots | laughing squid | object | goodlifer | parking day nyc | designing hong kong

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