PARK(ing) Day comes to Downtown Delray Beach on Friday, September 21, 2018! This unique event provides the opportunity for our local downtown businesses to show off their creativity and ingenuity, building pop-up parks & mini-scenic areas within the metered curbside parking spaces located in Pineapple Grove by Delray Art & The Set at NW 5th Street by the Spady Museum. If this is your first time ever hearing about PARK(ing) Day, this event may seem very unusual, or you may be wondering, “what’s the point?”
PARK(ing) Day is actually a global event that takes place annually on the third Friday of September, where citizens, artists, and activists in cities throughout the world collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary parks & public use areas, referred to as “PARK(ing) spaces. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to raise awareness and call attention to the need for more urban open space, to inspire debate and reconsideration of how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of the urban human habitat.
PARK(ing) Day originally began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco-based art & design studio, transformed a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of downtown San Francisco where there was a major shortage public open space. Rebar's project was based on the reasoning that when paying a meter for a designated parking space, you are literally paying to lease that small piece of precious urban real estate on a short-term basis. Following this logic, the first PARK(ing) Day project was conducted in order to explore the range of possible uses and activities for the short-term lease of this public open space and to encourage reconsideration of how urban public space is utilized.
Since the initial PARK(ing) Day project in 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement which has been creatively adapted in cities throughout the world, inspiring people to re-think the way we use our public streets and promoting positive changes to landscape & human quality of life in urban areas. Though the reinvented public spaces created on PARK(ing) Day are temporary, the impact of the movement has definitely had a more lasting effect. Not only does PARK(ing) Day provide the opportunity for the public to come together to creatively collaborate and have a ton of fun while doing it, but the movement has also motivated & empowered an ever-increasing number of people around the world to step up, get involved, and advocate for the needs and values of their local communities. Be sure to come out on Friday, September 21, 2018, to show your support as our incredible small town of Delray Beach participates in Park(ing) Day 2018! We at Champagne & Parisi Real Estate look forward to seeing you there!