PARK(ing) Day 2013

Great Falls Business Improvement District

To Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2013

Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people

 Great Falls, Montana – September 20, 2013 – In cities around the globe, artists, 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.” PARK(ing) Day is meant to create an interesting public space in our downtown.

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 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, which is held worldwide on Friday, September 20, is being coordinated by the Great Falls Business Improvement Distirct (BID). The City is allowing the BID to use a parking space at the corner of 3rd Street and 1st Avenue South. Steve Tilleras, from Tilleras Landscape & Nursery, is designing the space and providing the materials. People are urged to stop by and see it.  At the same time, Bert and Ernies will be offering outdoor dining on a nearby sidewalk. They are considering offering more sidewalk dining next spring.

Joan Redeen, of the BID, said, “I’m thrilled that the BID is able to bring such a thought-provoking project to our downtown.  It’s wonderful that the City has allowed us to use this parking space, we’re extremely appreciative of the cooperative effort to recognize this day in Great Falls.  This effort just continues to move forward our beautification efforts, people can see the possibilities.”

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.

Since 2005, the project has become a worldwide movement: PARK(ing) Day 2011 included 975 “PARK” installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents.