PARK(ing) Day – reimagining public spaces
CALGARY — What began as a single act of converting a metered parking space into a temporary park has become international, with The City of Calgary participating in the vibrant and fun street event – PARK(ing) Day.
Today, Calgary is joining other cities across the globe to transform the most modest of urban territory – the metered parking space - into creative temporary public spaces. Artists, designers, planners and local community members are transforming 20 metered parking stalls along Centre Street South into vibrant pop-up parks, art installations and urban sanctuaries.
“We invited Calgarians to take typical parking spaces downtown on Centre Street and transform them into vibrant public spaces for one day,” said City of Calgary Planner Kate Zago.
Calgarians are invited to experience these active and lively converted temporary spaces from noon to 6 p.m. along Centre Street South between Ninth Ave. and Stephen Ave. and between Sixth Ave and Fifth Ave.“We encouraged Calgarians to participate in an around the globe initiative to promote re-thinking of public space,” said Zago. “We are pleased to have so many participants this year and hope PARK(ing) Day continues to cultivate a sense of civic pride while being a fun and interactive way Calgarians can experience the downtown,” said Zago.
PARK(ing) Day 2018 will be The City’s largest, boasting 20 creatively re-imagined installations, including: a giant adult sized ball pit; a sensory simulation park; mediation and mindfulness areas; a park for dogs; and professional hypnotists and entertainers. All this in the space of a metered parking stall.
While 20 metered parking spaces will be temporarily unavailable for PARK(ing) Day, public parking will be available throughout the city and in and around downtown.
For more information on PARK(ing) Day, please visit calgary.ca/parkingday.