Participation Park describes itself as "an ongoing public art project and activist initiative [...] based on converting a vacant lot in East Baltimore into an urban farm and social space. Against the increasing privatization of public spaces in the city and the top-down forms of urban planning that design them, we are squatting the land and working together to produce a space that responds to our collective needs and desires. Inspired by movements to ‘reclaim the commons’ and demand a ‘right to the city,’ the park is an experiment in democratic spatial practice, inviting everyone who participates in the use of the space to engage in the political process of shaping it".
It was initiated by social movement activists and encourages people to participate through protest & direct action. Participation Park is local in orientation and concerned with democracy, politics & representation and neighbourhood & community.
It was launched in 2007 and is ongoing.