Grab a Lawn Chair & Celebrate PARK(ing) Day


Load a few coins in a parking meter. Set up your lawn chair. Open your cooler and prepare to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16th. That’s the day artists, activists and citizens around the world will transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces.

Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, launched the event in 2005. It is a whimsical idea with a serious purpose. Rebar’s Matthew Passmore says, “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution. 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.”

The first celebration happened in just one city. PARK(ing) Day 2010 included more than 800 “PARK” installations in more than 180 cities in 30 countries on six continents. Rebar has posted open-source resources to help kickstart any community’s PARK(ing) Day, and ideas are limited only by imagination.

Taxpayers subsidize way too much valuable real estate that only benefits our cars. The easier it is to drive and park, the more we have congestion, pollution and less green space. So for one day, take back part of the urban landscape. Feed the meter, decorate the space, then sing, dance, read, party, recite poetry or paint. When the meter runs out, clean up the space and toast the fun.

Be sure to contact local media so more PARK(ing) Day celebrations are inspired for next year.

In the meantime, enjoy this PARK(ing) slideshow from Rebar:

Find more photos like this on PARK(ing) Day Network


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Photo provided by Rebar


Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

Our town doesn't EVEN HAVE a parking meter!

Rossy Osborne
Rossy Osborne6 years ago

We only do our shopping in centers that have patches of lawn and trees in their car parks.
We normally have our dogs with us on the Ute and take time to sit on the grass in the shade with them and have our snacks between shopping.
If we had to pay for parking we and there was no grassed areas we wouldn't park there! Simple.

Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago

Thanks Cathryn!~

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M6 years ago

ha Good on you Rebecca! I totally and 101% agree with you. While I wrote what I wrote, I laughed as I imagined what could or may happen but it wont, Robert Doyle wouldnt allow it but it could happen in Swanston Street. Golly moses or outside the T. Hall!
I dont travel by p/transport for various reasons but can you imagine rolling out a grass mat in Chaddy? OMG lol its laughable!

Jamie, I agree. Apparently in Melb, the Grey Ghosts as we call them here will be equipped with a camera to photograph your reg plates so you dont over stay your welcome. In the city of Melb if you over stay your park for seconds, you will be fined! Before if you were just slightly late by a minute or two you 'd be ok but now they will get you within a hares breath of a second. Revenue rousing at its best. Another thing is you get lured into a private car park with a tantalizing deal for your dollar but you think you have read the fine print and you missed the key words...AFTER and return in a short time whatever that might be to find you are charged on exiting some ridiculous price of anything upward of $80 then add that on a meal and wow its exie for sure. Best to read signs thoroughly oh and btw the City Council have them in their sights to fix that mess.
I never go to the city anyway its great too I might add.
Top award winning city in the world and very very friendly too arent we Rebecca? *nodding*n *smiling*

James Hager
James Hager6 years ago

good read, thanks!

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Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

The world needs more sustainable transport. I hope that this Rebar effort can help.

Penny C.
penny C6 years ago


Karen and Edwar O.
Karen and Ed O6 years ago

What a great idea!

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons6 years ago

In chicago they save their parking spots with lawn chairs if they had to shovel them out of the snow.

Ann F.
Ann F6 years ago