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Park(ing) Day Observed in Baltimore
Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people
September 17, 2010 — 11:00am – 7:00pm
At three locations in Baltimore City
Originally invented 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 blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2009 included more than 700 “PARK” installations in more than 140 cities in 21 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe, including the first-ever PARK installation in Tehran, Iran. “Urban inhabitants worldwide recognize the need for new approaches to making the urban landscape,” says Rebar’s John Bela. “PARK(ing) Day demonstrates that even temporary or interim spatial reprogramming can improve the character of the city.”
PARK(ing) Day is a grassroots, “open-source” invention built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions.
Locations in Baltimore:
EDSA Landscape Architecture Firm
EDSA Inc. is a landscape architecture firm whose mission is to create sustainable places to live, work and play. Look for the “Guerrilla PARK” at EDSA.
FTLA’s PARK(ing) Day installation will take root in three metered parking spaces in front of Floura Teeter’s downtown office at 306 W. Franklin Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. FTLA staffers will transform three normal blacktop metered parking spaces into a temporary urban oasis with grass, trees and plants. FTLA’s installation is open to the public and will offer snacks and lawn games in addition to ongoing tours of a simulated living roof.
The Parks & People Foundation is teaming up with Baltimore community artist Marian April Glebes to create an outdoor installation for PARK(ing) Day.
Find these locations – MAP.
For more information on PARK(ing) Day 2010, go to www.parkingday.org