EVENT PARK(ing) Day slated for September 19

 

On Friday, Sept. 19, artists, activists and citizens around the world will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of the annual event aptly dubbed, PARK(ing) Day.
 

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad- based changes to urban infrastructure.

“In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re- imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

 

 

Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2011 – the last year statistics were collected -- included 975 “PARK” installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. Though PARK(ing) Day no longer tracks the number of PARKs each year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe.


Locally, Clark Condon Associates’ PARK(ing) Day parklet will be located on Westheimer, near the Dunlavy intersection. Its hot pink installation, themed “Your Move,” will feature an interactive, kinetic design that challenges the public perception of how urban spaces are, and can be, used.

According to the firm, the location is a nod to the Montrose’s storied history as the city’s epicenter of DIY art and innovation - the stomping grounds of the Urban Animals, the Westheimer Street Festival, the Gay Pride Parade, KPFT and others. 

The public is invited to stop by, check out the parklet, and join the conversation. 


More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found at twitter.com/ClarkCondon, and with the hashtag #YOURMOVE

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