September 16th Park[ing] Day LA celebration!
"Streets are for People!"
Curbside metered parking,
the best real estate
deal in town!
The debate over open space, public space,
and green space takes to the streets
Day LA proclaims “Streets
are for People!”
On Friday, September 16, the 5th annual celebration
of Park[ing] Day LA hits the streets as Park-itects throughout
the city step
up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to
transform metered curbside parking into urban parks, just for
Park[ing] Day LA challenges the status quo and
is designed to stir a conversation or dialogue on open space,
green space, and to inspire a vision of a city where "Streets
are for People!"
year’s participants included
a professor who taught his class out on the street, a chef
who set up a kitchen
and cooked for friends, planning students who demonstrated
farming, merchants who held a wild, wild westside roundup,
architects who created a Town Square in Westwood, artists
who built a koi
pond on a downtown street, designers who built a Zen garden
and visionaries who used the opportunity to present plans
There was a barber who set up shop, musicians who
entertained, horticulturists who returned the street to our
chaparral legacy, and groups of cyclists who led bike tours throughout
At the end of the day, the Echo
Park Film Center parked their Filmmobile at Echo Lake and hosted a bike-in screening
Away for park-itects from all over the city.
Day originated in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco based art
and design collective, transformed
parking spot into a park-for-a-day in an effort to
make a public comment
on the lack of quality open space in American cities.
goal was to reprogram the urban surface by reclaiming streets
for people to rest, relax and
play and their
mission is to promote
creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking,
unscripted social interactions, generosity and
Since then, Park[ing] Day has gone global and the
messages are as varied as the participants.
recent battles between LA’s City
Hall and LA’s
urban gardeners has prompted several of this
Park-itects to present an “Edible Streets” standard
by building urban farms in parking spaces.
theme being implemented this year is “Parallel
Parking” at the ArtCycle happening on Saturday
the 17th where Park-itects from around the city
will move their temporary
parks to Santa Monica Boulevard, transforming
section of Route 66 into an edible street.
For more information contact:
Here is LA's map of 2011 Park[ing] Day LA Parks.
Add your own park by visiting www.communitywalk.com/parkingdayla2011
Click on "Add marker" on the top left tab above the map
(right of Community Walk title)
and follow directions.
view parks from 2010
view parks from 2009
See you in a Park[ing]!