I think PARK(ing) Days are pretty awesome. They are dedicated days where we citizens turn parking spaces into pedestrian friendly, usable spaces. Or more formally: “PARK(ing) Day is a global event inviting citizens to reimagine their cities by transforming metered parking spaces into temporary public parks.”
Here in Louisville PARK(ing) 502 is making it easy for anyone to volunteer and create their own popup park. They’re working with Metro Louisville to get the permits, meters bagged, etc. So if you’re itching to turn the parking spot across the street from the new Sunergos on 5th street into an outdoor lounge for sipping lattes then get thee registered!
The next PARK(ing) Day is September 21 and I’d totally like to take over one of the metered spaces at Douglass Loop and do something cool with it. Here’s the rub though: PARK(ing) Day coincides with IdeaFestival and there are definitely some IdeaFest sessions that I don’t want to miss that afternoon. Since the pop up parks have to be “supervised” the entire time they’re up I’m looking for a few people who will commit to help me build the park in the morning and/or hanging out at the park for at least a couple hours on Friday September 21. The options for what we can do with our little popup park are mostly wide open (see the inspiration page for some ideas) and together I think we can come up with something cool. Also check out this Flickr group for some examples of what other folks have done on PARK(ing) Days.
If you’re interested and think you can make yourself available to help on Friday September 21 at Douglass Loop please leave a comment or send me an email.