Park(ing) day is an annual global event whereby designers transform metered parking spaces into elaborate park like settings. This event started in San Francisco in 2005 when a design firm named Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park. From there, the parking meter space transformation idea went global. The stated mission of PARK(ing) Day is “to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!”
Many local Old Town Alexandria design firms take over a spot and use their ingenuity to promote globe awareness via transforming a parking space into a park. Once such firm, who has a spot on King Street near St. Asaph, is LandDesign. Ella Braco was one of the main designers and constructionist of the very comfy cardboard roll seating. Check it out. It is pretty neat.
If you would like to know some more about the history of park(ing) day you can click on the link to the following website: parkingday.org