Temporary Parking Spot Reclamation!

National Park(ing) Day is an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces.” –http://tinyurl.com/parkingspot

turning car space into people space!

turning car space into people space!

So much of our public space is dedicated to the use of motor vehicles. Park(ing) days are a way to temporarily reclaim a small piece of that space for the people! (For more information about other Park(ing) Day events, check out http://tinyurl.com/parkingspot.)

Here in Charlottesville, we created a 2-hour “park” on West Main on a Friday morning. A cardboard car served as a traffic barrier. We created a comfy living room space in our park(ing) spot with a carpet and some chairs.

A table loaded down with vegan chocolate chip cookies, dumpstered chocolate, popcorn, and tea from the Twisted Branch provided an added enticement.

just another parking spot!

just another parking spot!

Once we set up the space, we invited all passing bikers, pedestrians and even some cars to join us for tea and cookies.

Early on we had a story hour, and later we were entertained by a violin/accordion duo.

park here!

park here!

People had a variety of reactions: some ignored us, some cautiously accepted a cookie, others joined our cozy space and hung out for awhile. We had a great time, and plan to continue doing it monthly! The next Cville Park(ing) day will be on March 31st. For info or to help out, contact kassia at karmakas(at)gmail(dot)com or 434-293-2383.

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~ by karmakas on March 15, 2009.

2 Responses to “Temporary Parking Spot Reclamation!”

  1. […] Parking Spot Reclamation: We got inspired by Streetfilm’s short documentary about NYC’s celebration of National Park(ing) Day, and have been doing monthly parking spot reclamations here in Charlottesville.  Park(ing) day is an opportunity to celebrate pedestrian culture and demonstrate alternate usese of public space dedicated to cars.   We’ve done 3 reclamations so far, with another one coming up in May for Bike Week.   We’ve written a couple blog posts about the events, which included an array of tea, snacks and activites, along with chairs to lounge on and visuals of transformed, human-centered public space.   We even got a layer of sod for a temporary grassy Earth Day Park(ing spot)!   The pictures speak for themselves, check out these links: Earth Day Park(ing spot), First Park(ing spot) Action. […]

  2. Woohoo! Even dumpstered and vegan? You guys really ARE progressive! I just stumbled upon your blog and I dig what I see. It inspired me to take some action in my hometown. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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