Adelaide designers, artists and anyone who is passionate about their city are invited to temporarily transform selected on-street car parks into creative spaces for people to enjoy this September 21st.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said, “PARK(ing) Day is an opportunity for those that live and work in the city to create something unexpected and fun on our city streets.
“Transforming car parking spaces into people PARKs helps us to rethink how we use our city streets.”
“Last year on PARK(ing) Day, there were 850 PARKs in 183 cities across 30 countries. In Adelaide, we had 37 PARKs – the third highest number for any city in the world. They demonstrated 37 creative ways to use everyday city space and 37 different experiences within the city.
“Each one was a surprising, fun addition to the everyday street environment, and a powerful symbol of communities wanting to improve urban quality.”
Ben Willsmore, Senior Associate with HASSELL design studio and this year’s Adelaide PARK(ing) Day co-coordinator said the event is a perfect time for people to get out and explore their city streets.
“PARK(ing) Day encourages us to get creative, use our imagination and think beyond standard use of city space.
“Adelaide streets have so much potential and we see this being harnessed through street art and pop-up vendors. PARK(ing) Day lets us explore this potential even further and gets design firms, students, artists, musicians, academics, schools and community groups bringing colour and life to our streets.
“We encourage families, friends and colleagues to hit the pavement on Friday 21 September and see how everyday spaced have been transformed.”
A global event, PARK(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005 with arts collective Rebar. This will be the third year Adelaide has taken part.
It is based on the idea that paying a parking meter is like ‘renting’ a public space, and instead of parking a car, why not park something else?
PARK(ing) Day 2012 is set to be bigger and better and is being coordinated by a volunteer collective of designers (urban designers, planners, architects and landscape architects) with support from Adelaide City Council.
The PARKs will form a route connecting Hindmarsh Square and Light Square via Pirie Street and Waymouth Street and adjacent laneways.
The aim is to bring these streets and the two squares alive for the day with colour, activity and, most importantly, people who can wander through the streets and be inspired by visions for our city created by PARK(ing) teams.
Any teams who want to be involved and create their own PARK must register via the Adelaide PARK(ing) Day website www.adelaideparkingday.com before 12 September 2012.
For further information contact the coordinating committee or visit www.adelaideparkingday.com