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PARK(ing) Day

Updated Monday 25th November 2013

An annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Park(ing) Day logo Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Park(ing) Day PARK(ing) Day describes itself as an "annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into ‘PARK(ing)’ spaces: temporary public places. [...] 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!"

It was initiated by artists & cultural organisations and designers & developers and encourages people to participate through special event. PARK(ing) Day is local and global in orientation and concerned with environment & sustainability and neighbourhood & community.

It was launched in 2005 and is ongoing.  

This page is part of Participation Now, a project that brings together a diverse collection of participatory public engagement initiatives with the aim of supporting exploration, learning and engagement. Explore the collection of initiatives or read more about the project.


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