Io Landscape Architecture, in conjunction with Carbon Architects, hosted the first ever PARK(ing) Day in Ogden on September 20, 2013.
By overtaking two parking spaces on Historic 25th Street, we were able to create a pop-up park featuring bench seating, grass space and a riverside beach-front complete with goldfish.
The park installation, titled (re)PARK, was made from (re)claimed materials such as tires, roofing material and scrap lumber. With minimal expense and only a few hours of install, (re)PARK shattered some misconceptions about providing community green space – namely, the expense and difficulty in creating these public-use spaces.
Watch this brief video, where our Principal, Shalae Larsen outlines the project concepts and goals. Special thanks to Johnson Media Corp. for putting this together. Shalae also appeared in a featured video by Only in Ogden!
Our (re)PARK installment was a part of the international (PARK)ing Day movement where design firms and concerned citizens world-over occupy a parking space for a day, an hour, whatever the meter will give them, and create a public green space – temporarily breaking up the asphalt jungle of urban sprawl.
With the Xterra race here in town and the Harvest Moon Festival the following day, there was plenty of buzz on the street and we were able to share our park with a wide and diverse group. And though we had only envisioned the park being up for the one day, the business association and coordinators of Harvest Moon requested that we keep the installation up an additional day and represent Ogden during the festival.
The Standard Examiner has dubbed our project “a green success” and we were very happy to provide an urban oasis to our community, even if only a temporary one.