2017-07-14 / Front Page

Participate in National PARK(ing) Day

Contributed by the City of Columbia

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.

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 Columbia, in partnership with the American Society for Landscape Architects and One Columbia for Arts and History, is again helping to facilitate PARK(ing) Day, a national event that takes place Friday, September 15. This event is about reclaiming on-street parking spaces as public space for people for one day out of the year (10 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Your parking space can be anything a park can. It can be a nice place to sit and read. It can be a place for a sculpture. It can be an outdoor art gallery. It can be a botanical garden. It can foster community dialogue. It can be a picnic area. It just takes a bit of imagination and an application.

To sign up, visit www.columbiasc.gov/depts/development-inspections/docs/park_ing__day_appl... or call 803-545-0229.

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