Park(ing) Day 2010: The International Phenomenon

[smooth=id:32]

Park(ing) Day keeps getting bigger every year. Since starting in 2005, it has grown each year; last year 700 parks were set up in 140 cities on all six continents. This year, it might be even bigger.

And in the last year, the governments of San Francisco and New York City, at least, have made the idea behind the event part of city policy. “Parklets” and “pop-up cafés” have been installed in both of those cities right in the middle of a line of parallel parkers, giving the official stamp of approval to the idea that curbside space might not always be best used for storing automobiles.

So as you look through this slideshow of some Park(ing) Day highlights from around the country and the world, ask yourself: Which of these cities and towns will be the next to make Park(ing) Day permanent?

To find more pics, check out the parkingday tag on Flickr and on Twitter and be sure to submit your own.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Park(ing) Day 2011: Find Your Favorite Park(ing) Spot

|
The forecast is sunny and seasonable for Park(ing) Day 2011 here in New York City, so get ready to enjoy the annual celebration of the public spaces that are our neighborhood streets. At 34 locations in all five boroughs, New Yorkers will be taking over curbside parking spaces with installations that are by turns relaxing, […]

Countdown to Park(ing) Day 2008

|
On September 19, New Yorkers will stake their claim to some of the city's most valuable, yet cheapest, real estate in celebration of Park(ing) Day. For the uninitiated, Park(ing) Day entails the reclamation of public space by setting up temporary parks in on-street parking spots.

Streetfilms: Park(ing) Day San Francisco

|
Park(ing) Day San FranciscoA Clarence Eckerson StreetfilmRunning time: 6:51 – 22.05 MB, QuickTime New York City Streets Renaissance Filmmaker Clarence Eckerson happened to be in San Francisco on Thursday during International Park(ing) Day. Organized by an art collective called Rebar Group, the idea behind Park(ing) is to reclaim curbside automobile parking spaces by temporarily transforming […]

Belated Park(ing) Day Parking Spot Squat in Brooklyn

|
Three weeks ago, people all around the country — including nearly two dozen groups in New York City — took part in National Park(ing) Day, a nationwide effort to transform public on-street parking spaces into mini-parks and community gathering places. Park Slope Neighbors intended to take part, but their team was quickly asked to move […]

PARK(ing) Day

|
PARK(ing) Day is September 21, 2006 REBAR opened eyes worldwide by temporarily transforming a metered parking spot into a PARK. We reclaimed the street for people…at least until the meter ran out! Now the challenge is up to you. REBAR, with support from The Trust for Public Land (TPL) wants you, the most creative minds […]

It’s Park(ing) Day All Over America

|
This morning, street reclaimers across the country are settling into their Park(ing) spaces — more than 450 spots in 80 cities, according to the latest count. For our readers outside New York City, check out the Trust for Public Land’s Google map to find a spot near you. TPL also has a great round-up of […]