PARK(ing) Day 2014

PARK(ing) Day 2014

Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people

[Great Falls, September 12, 2014]  On Friday, September 19, 2014, 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 is being coordinated by the Great Falls Business Improvement Distirct (BID). The City is allowing the BID to use a parking space near the corner of 5th Street and Central Avenue. Steve Tilleras, from Tilleras 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, “The response to last year’s PARK(ing) Day was amazing ~ people enjoyed having a green space outside; they loved the novelty of using a parking space to show what interseting things can be done downtown.  This year, we had a hard time deciding where we should do it, because several businesses were interested!  We really want folks to come down and see what we’re doing 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.

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.

A few photos from PARK(ing) Day 2013, located on 3rd Street South next to Bert & Ernie’s:

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A few photos from PARK(ing) Day 2014, located on 5th Street South next to Big Sky Bread & Pastry: