September 15, 2017
at the City of Coral Gables
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, companies and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat…at least until the meter runs out!
The City of Coral Gables celebrated PARKing Day on Friday September 16. PARKing Day is an opportunity for people to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used. This year’s event was the biggest one yet with 9 locations that were set up throughout the City. Those that attended were able to learn about a variety of topics including recycling, Everglades National Park, the City’s Sustainability Efforts, and much more. Individuals were also able provide input on the development of the City’s Multimodal Transportation Plan. Thank you to everyone that attended and participated. Please see the list below of businesses/organizations that participated. The City looks forward to having the event again this year on Friday September 15, 2017.