5th Annual PARK(ing) Day 2017

For Immediate Release
September 25, 2017
Contact:  Joan Redeen

Media Release
5th Annual PARK(ing) Day 2017

[Great Falls, September 25, 2017]  On Friday, September 29, 2017, Downtown Great Falls will temporarily transform two metered parking spaces into a public park and social space, as part of our 5th Annual PARK(ing) Day.

Built with a bit of whimsy, part creative process, it calls attention to the fact that we need more public space in the downtown.  PARK(ing) Day is meant to create an interesting public space in our downtown.  The event has the unique ability to reach people, to cut through the thickets of verbal chatter and visual clutter and to propose – lightly and perhaps with a wink – that change and growth is a good thing.

Great Falls’ PARK(ing) Day is being coordinated by the Great Falls Business Improvement Distirct (BID). The City is allowing the BID to use two parking spaces on the north side in the 300 block of Central Avenue. Steve Tilleraas, from Tilleraas Landscape & Nursery, is designing the space and providing the materials. People are urged to stop by and see it.

Joan Redeen, of the BID, said, “This is our 5th year celebrating PARKing Day and every year the event is growing in popularity.  The response to last year’s PARK(ing) Day was fantastic ~ people enjoyed having a green space outside; they loved the novelty of using a parking space to show what interesting things can be done downtown.  The demand is growing, we have so many eating establishments downtown that wish to be included in this once a year event!  We really want folks to come down and join in the fun this year!”

Originally created 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.

Media Release can be downloaded HERE