Park-ing Day Takes Over San Francisco's Streets
Park(ing) Day 2008
Commuters to downtown San Francisco had a little more trouble finding spots this Friday. Park(ing) Day took over the streets of the Financial District, creating green parks to hang out, many happy to deter the driving commuters. More on the birthplace of Park(ing) Day and photos of this year's event below the fold.
Park(ing) Day started in San Francisco in 2005. A local art collective, REBAR, dreamed of how a metered parking spot could be better used: 70% of San Francisco's downtown space is devoted to vehicular parking space. REBAR decided to lease a metered spot to create a temporary park in spot that year. By 2006, Park(ing) Day was global. Each year people from New York to Barcelona now temporarily occupy parking spots to create open spaces to relax and get a little dose of nature.
San Francisco's Park(ing) Day this year featured chickens (above), native nurseries...
and even a wedding!