Saturday, September 21, 2013

Park(ing) Day 2013

Friday was the annual Park(ing) Day, where people all over the world take over parking spots and turn them into temporary parklets, giving over a little of the streets to the enjoyment of people instead of just another parking spot.

Because of work I got a late start checking out the parklets, but I managed to visit most of the 10 around Oakland. Two of them are more permanent parklets outside of Farley's East and Manifesto Bikes, so they have a definite advantage in getting set up. But I was impressed with the temporary parklets I saw, especially the one outside the main Oakland Public Library. They had lots of seating, plants, free books for kids and cheap books for sale, and they had even laid down sod!

What was your favorite parklet this year?

More pictures from Park(ing) Day 2013 in Oakland:


Oakland Daily Photo said...

I heard an interview on NPR about Parking Day in Dublin, Ireland. Until then it somehow had escaped me that this was an international event. Working at the White Elephant warehouse kept me from being out and about. So thanks for your slideshow.

Unknown said...

They stopped tracking numbers after 2011, but by then Park(ing) Day had reached 162 cities, 35 countries, and 6 continents. I didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked hanging out in the parklets, and I missed a couple. Next year :-)