This Friday, September 20
, participants will be taking to the streets, or parking lots rather, in celebration of the 6th
annual PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh
. The event, which promotes reconsidering the way we use our urban spaces, will find short-term parks and installations where gray parking spaces normally stand in many Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
San Francisco-based group Rebar
launched the now worldwide PARK(ing) Day event in 2005 after deciding to turn an urban parking spot into a community green space for the two hours on their meter.
There are currently 18 participants registered for Pittsburgh’s chapter of the event, from a space to be designed by Lawrenceville United to one by the Carnegie Library on the South Side.
“I am really excited to see what Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville does. They are doing a pop-up, drive-in movie theatre, which should be really neat,” says Sara Innamorato, one of the volunteers for PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh.
PARK(ing) is easy and fun, especially when the main goal is to make a space better-suited for the urban community. To park, simply find and register a spot, be aware of the parking limitations, design the space and appreciate the urban mini-park.
An interactive map on the PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh website shows the exact locations and times of each registered PARK(ing) space in the city, as well as maps of the temporary parks from previous years.
Innamorato says that the annual event hopes to inspire more eco-friendly and community-oriented infrastructure.
“They should be just as important in urban planning just as traffic flow and parking plans for motor vehicles,” she notes. “It's about quality of life for people living in urban areas.”
Be sure to stop by one of the many PARK(ing) spaces in Pittsburgh this Friday.
Writer: Maeve McAllister, Pop City intern
Source: Sara Innamorato, volunteer PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh