Park(ing) Day 2010

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The original Rebar parking spot transformation.
  • The original parking spot transformation by Rebar.
The annual event Park(ing) Day, an initiative to convert metered parking spaces into temporary parks, happens Friday 9/17 in more than 60 cities, including Chicago. The project began in San Francisco in 2005 when the design company Rebar created a park (complete with sod) in a single parking space for two hours. It's since expanded to cities all over the world, with the following goals: "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."

Find these temporary parks tomorrow at the following locations:

3552 N. Southport (in front of Southport Grocery): Both sides of an entire city block, on Southport from Addison to Eddy, will be turned into a park with trees, shrubs, and sod. It's organized by architecture studio Moss Design with the theme "Bicycle Refueling Station," and will offer free food, live music, bike parking, and areas for relaxation. 9 AM-4 PM.

5838 N. Broadway (in front of Cheetah Gym): One parking space becomes on-street bike valet parking (staffed by volunteers) with a free bike wash. The project is intended to demonstrate what on-street bike parking spaces would look like, with the goal of introducing permanent ones in the future. Friday 11 AM-1 PM and Saturday 9:30 AM-noon.

2338 N. Milwaukee: Three spaces with planters and benches, hosted by Architecture for Humanity Chicago. Events include a yoga demo (5-6 PM), script readings, lawn games, and an evening film screening. No start or end time listed.

2323 N. Milwaukee (in front of Revolution Brewing): An "oasis" with plants and more hosted by Urban Habitat Chicago. Starts at 10 AM; no end time listed.

UIC Parking Lot 4 (Halsted and Polk, east of Student Center East): Several UIC departments collaborate on four metered spaces that will become miniature parks with bike valet and maintenance provided by Rapid Transit Cycle Shop. There's an urban sustainability brown-bag lunch discussion at noon.

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