PARK(ing) Day Encourages Your Vision of Long Beach
2011-09-02 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach will be hosting its official 2011 PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16, 2011. Since its inception in 2005, PARK(ing) Day has blossomed into a global experiment in remixing, reclaiming and reprogramming parking spaces for social exchange, recreation and artistic expression. Last September, there were 850 parks across 183 cities, 30 countries and 6 continents. The Second District Council office encourages neighborhood and business associations, community groups, residents and businesses to participate.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to further the debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. Inexpensive curbside parking encourages increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution. In the parking impacted Second District, the day offers an opportunity to envision our community through a different set of priorities based on open space rather than cars, during a period of the day when parking is available and most residents are working. In the past, PARK(ing) Day installations occurred in Retro Row and the East Village, but we hope other corridors and groups will create their own vision for Long Beach.
The Office of Sustainability has created a great webpage with links, helpful tips and visual examples of PARK(ing) Day projects such as free bicycle repair shops, chess tournaments, lemonade stands, art galleries, free health clinics, urban farming and drought tolerant landscaping. To learn more about PARK(ing) Day and how you might participate, go to www.sustainablelb.com or call Tiffany Chen, Sustainability Assistant at (562) 570-6396.