Park(ing) Day is a worldwide event that is growing in popularity. According to Urban Tree Project “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 creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. 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 … at least until the meter runs out!”
More about parking day here: http://www.parkingday.org
In 2011, Dublin was ranked in the global top 20 Park(ing) Cites, with 15 Park(ing)s throughout the City. This year in the capital, the number of “Parks” is increasing. According to The Irish Architecture Foundation “Car parking spaces around the city – from Arbour Hill to Portobello and right through the city centre – will be converted into temporary public parks”.
Not only is Park(ing) Day spreading across Dublin, it is also spreading across the country, with Limerick City becoming the first city outside of Dublin, to hold the event in Ireland. According to the Press release from Limerick City Based Urban Tree Project:
“Urban Tree Project in collaboration with Limerick City Council, Dept of Environment, Limerick School of Art and Design and D&M Garden Centre will embark upon Limerick’s first PARK(ing) Day. On Friday 21st September from 12pm to 6pm two parking spaces in Limerick City – O’Connell Street and William Street will be transformed into City Parks”.
“They will become part of a worldwide effort to highlight some of the issues, which arise when an inner city public parking space is utilised for something other than parking! PARK(ing) Day is an open sourced event and an international opportunity for artists, designers and citizens to take part in transforming a parking space into a temporary public park”.
This will be the second year that Park(ing) Day has been held in the Republic of Ireland. Its fair to say, 2 Cities after 2 years isn’t a bad growth pattern. Expect Park(ing) Day Ireland 2013 to be bigger and better.
Stay tuned to DesigningtheLandscape.com for pics and news of how Park(ing) Day 2012 went off.
Limerick Park(ing) Day is Organized & Supported By:
Dublin Park(ing) Day is Supported By: