In 2005 an art and design collective, Rebar, started the first PARK(ing) Day by converting a single parking space into an art exhibit in San Francisco. In September 2010, there were 850 parks across 183 cities, 30 countries and 6 continents.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to further the debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
Since its inception PARK(ing) Day has blossomed into a global experiment in remixing, reclaiming and reprogramming vehicular space for social exchange, recreation and artistic expression. On Friday, September 16, 2011, the City’s Office of Sustainability encouraged residents to get involved in Long Beach’s very own PARK(ing) Day.
HOW LONG BEACH CELEBRATED PARK(ing) DAY 2011!
Video of PARK(ing) Day 2011
We want to hear from you! The City’s Office of Sustainability wants to know what you think about Park(ing) Day in Long Beach. While the City of Long Beach encouraged the community to participate in this global event, residents and community participants followed all city ordinances and laws in Long Beach. So if a parking space permit was not obtained, metered parking space were to be fed before creating the installation.
The Office of Sustainability was excited to participate this year by creating a "Sustainable Reading Room" off Broadway and Linden from 11-2. Click here for a design of our installation. If your group participated in Park(ing) Day 2011, feel free to send any feedback to the Office of Sustainability along with any pictures you want to share.
Check out all the installations in Long Beach or zoom out for a Global View of all Park(ing) Day events! View Park(ing) Day 2011 in a larger map
For more information on PARK(ing) Day, visit the official website.
Last year in the city of Los Angeles, Park[ing] Day LA hosted its fourth annual PARK(ing) Day with great success, including several lots that were transformed right here in Long Beach. Check out their website for pictures and innovative ideas!