PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
Our firm, Io Landscape Architecture has partnered with local firm Carbon Architects for the first ever PARK(ing) Day installation in Ogden. The design, “RePARK,” is a joint effort between the two firms and utilizes two parking spaces on Historic 25th Street. Using recycled car parts, the spaces will be converted into a beach-y play space for kids and adults to come and visit on their way to work, during their lunch break or anytime throughout the day. Materials used for the RePark installation are reclaimed and will once again be recycled when PARK(ing) Day is over, as portions of the Oasis Community Garden’s newest feature: Kid’s Garden – another joint project by Io and Carbon.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. We are hoping the installation will drive discussion amongst community members and city officials about how street space is utilized, and ways that urban planning can maintain aspects of nature in an ever growing urban density.
“Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org.”
Come down to 139 Historic 25th Street on Friday, September 20th to walk through the park space installation, meet the designers and learn more about PARK(ing) Day as it pertains to our city’s growth and development.
We look forward to seeing you there!