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It’s PARK(ing) Day!

September 19th, 2014 by master

On the third Friday in September Seattleites are invited to turn ordinary parking spaces into miniature parks for anyone to enjoy. This year over 50 pop-up parks will appear! Parks will be open from 9:00am until 3:00pm and can be sponsored by individuals, businesses, or organizations.

In addition to creating unique, out of the ordinary spaces, the Seattle Department of Transportation explains that “the event raises awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.”

Fremont’s own pop-up park is the Literacy Source Book + Tea Park which will be located at 711 N 35th Street between Fremont Ave and Troll Ave. The organizers invite you to “Come relax and read in our parklet filled with pillows and chairs. Read and enjoy a cup of tea.”

 Make it to the Literacy Source Book + Tea Park tomorrow? Share your photos with us on Facebook or to tips@fremontuniverse.com.
Other PARK(ing) Day parks nearby:

  • The Molly Moon’s Parklet (a permanent parklet still under construction) on N 45th Street between Woodlawn Ave N and Densmore Ave N.
  • The Peddler Brewing Park on NW Leary Way between 15th Ave NW and 17th Ave NW will offer “cornhole and video testimonial recording for those who have crashed on the Missing Link.” Peddler’s Facebook also promises coloring for kids and adults!
  • A-1 Piano hosts a park on Greenwood Ave N between N 70th and N 71st Streets where visitors can play on outdoor pianos!

See what other PARK(ing) Day parks there are throughout Seattle here.

Want to make a park in the future? SDOT has the how to here.

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Bitters Co. & Hub and Bespoke To Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2011

August 30th, 2011 by master

In cities around the globe, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.”

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

Fremont retailers Bitters Co. and Hub and Bespoke will co-host a parking spot on Evanston at N 36th Street. The spot will feature furniture, carpets, and other creature comforts from Bitters Co., while Hub and Bespoke will serve up fruit slushies blended using pedal power.

PARK(ing) Day 2010 included more than 800 “PARK” installations in more than 180 cities in 30 countries on six continents. More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found at feetfirst.info/events/park-ing-day and a global map of all participating cities are available on the PARK(ing) Day website, at parkingday.org.

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