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Hey everyone...

Thought this would be a good general interest thing for DCF.

"On September 19, hundreds of temporary new downtown parks will appear in more than sixty cities across America.

On National Park(ing) Day - Friday, September 19, 2008 - public parking spots nationwide will become public parks.

The goals of the event, according to organizers, are to celebrate parks and promote the need for parks in America's cities."

We have plenty of parks in Albuquerque, of course, but this is still a great outdoor activity, and I'd love to see some public parking space parks spring up in Nob Hill!

More information at the Trust for Public Lands website.

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Comment by mombat on September 11, 2008 at 3:29pm
Hey the 19th is also Talk like a Pirate Day.
I am seeing some possiblities for wonderful overlap.
Arggh, me fine lads and lassies mind how you move that artificial turf.
Comment by Tricross on September 11, 2008 at 3:31pm
Will these be complete with ferocious dogs, gang-bangers, drug deals, transients, tagging and burning down playground equipment?
Comment by Diluted on September 11, 2008 at 4:11pm
No permanent changes to the space, i.e.: spray-paint, but a mound of sand with a spray painted or felt X would be great. I think maybe in front of Ecco Gelato or Flying star would be great... Wireless internet, steady stream of people, etc...

I do love the idea of a pirate/island themed park(ing) space!
Comment by Mark on September 19, 2008 at 9:12am
I got this bit ot PR in my inbox and thought I'd share:

Hello Mark,

There are two spots that you MUST SEE if you’re planning to cover Park[ing] Day LA—Tomorrow (Friday, September 19, 2008)!

S(TREE)T, by Lehrer Architects, educates passersby on the benefits of tree-lined streets. The architects have elevated a metered parking place by suspending a green structure, supported by a nearby tree, over the space and turning the parking spot into a tree itself. Guests are invited in to learn the facts about why trees are so important near L.A.’s busy streets and highways—as well as how much water and oxygen they contain and the amount of carbon dioxide they remove from the air.

Visit Lehrer Architects’ S(TREE)T from 2:30PM to 4:30PM at 2140 Hyperion Ave in Los Angeles.

Park Fiesta, by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, takes you back to the park and a time of childhood merriment. Neighborhood parks are always filled with exciting after-school play, outdoor games, and celebrations! Birthday parties bring colorful decorations as streamers drape the trees, balloons fly high in the sky, and the over-stuffed piñata waits to shower anxious children with tons of sweet candies. Come partake in the festivities and don’t forget to stand in line for your chance to swing!

Join Rios Clementi Hale Studios at their Park Fiesta from 9:00AM to 5:00PM at 639 N. Larchmont Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Please contact me for images for your post-event coverage.


Comment by mombat on September 19, 2008 at 9:26am

This Friday (September 19th) SOCLAS (Society of Landscape Architecture Students)
will be setting up 2 public parks
in 2 parallel parking spaces on the south side of central across from
Pearl Hall next to the old architecture building. The parks will be in
operation from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Come by and enjoy Albuquerque's newest
public open space. Listen to music, have a picnic, play a game, do your
homework, grade papers, enjoy the seating, watch people, or just stop
by to let us know how much you like our city's public open spaces.
National Parking day was set aside as a holiday to inform people of the
importance of public open space. The use of a parking space as a 'park'
suggests that there are creative alternatives to fitting parks into our
urban fabric.

For additional information about National Park(ing) Day visit:


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