Mark your calendars, September 19th 2008, a mobile public green space could be rollin’ through your hood. The Park(ing) Day is a project aimed at redefining urban space and brining awareness to the need for green in our cities. Temporary public parks will be created by building a green space in ordinary metered spaces or lots. You may also spy the ParkCycle, a human powered mobile unit, brought to us by the San Francisco based group Rebar. The ParkCycle will be on tour for the fourth annual Park(ing) Day making green space available when you want it and where you want it. The group states that they are the only providers of such a commodity and measure their green space contribution in square feet per minute (depending on how long they park it). “What began as a simple, playful idea has become a lively and visible symbol of the desire to reprogram the street and increase public open space in cities all over the planet.”
The event has gone global in up to 13 cities with the hope of showcasing “artists, designers, and activists around the world who are peacefully demonstrating how to reduce congestion, clean the air, save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve urban neighborhoods.” You can create your own Park(ing) Space and be part of the history. Although the Park(ing) Cycle is cool you can create your own simpler space by adding the essentials such as shade, maybe some foliage, seating, and other park amenities for the public to congregate in. Check out the Park(ing) Day site for details.