Park(ing) Day - Albuquerque. September 16th

Event Description

— In cities around the globe today, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."

 

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

 

Locally, the event will be celebrated in Albuquerque by various groups, organizations, businesses, and anyone else that would like to participate in the free event. There are planned parks in downtown and the UNM area. Join your friends, coworkers, classmates, or make a new friend and create a public space in a metered parking spot. .

 

More information can be found on the event website:

http://www.parkingday.org

 

A page for the event in Albuquerque can be found at:

http://my.parkingday.org/group/albuquerque

 

If you are interested in participating, the group webpage can be used to coordinate and discuss any planning related issues.

 

We hope to see many parks, er parquitos, on the 16th! Streets for people!

 

UrbanABQ

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Comment by urbanABQ on September 16, 2011 at 7:30am
There should be two, possibly three, parklets set up downtown on Gold St between 1st and 3rd. Come by and check it out!

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