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25 | PARK(ing) Day 2015: Fort Point, Boston by keihly moore

Put a parklet on it!

Ngan sits on Bike Not Bomb's smoothie blending bicycle on Congress Street in Fort Point.

Thanks to some generous folks, we pulled off a successfully borrowed and hand-made PARK(ing) Day! The Boston Gardener let us borrow 30+ plants for the day, a new bike-commuter friend lent his van for transporting plants, the Bike Not Bomb's smoothie bicycle (Biciblender) and coworkers at Stantec let us borrow their chairs, umbrellas, rugs, and time! Thanks to Stantec for paying for the moving permit that helped us secure the spot. Thanks to Sketchup, Autocad, and a laser cutter, we made a sturdy cardboard canopy (with recycled-drawing leaves flapping in the wind), as well as a bike-chain-esque mini barrier to define the street edge. 

Thank goodness for the shade of the umbrellas and the donated fruit to power the biciblender bike for 5 HOURS and 160 smoothie servings!

This is my fourth year doing PARK(ing) Day and I learn something every time. 1. You need sidewalk chalk to write messages to steer people into the seats. People don't understand they can really sit there. 2. You need a central activity/something out of the ordinary to pique people's interest and wiliness to stop and investigate. (Free smoothies are perfect for this.) 3. You need plants. No matter what. Their presence transforms space. Just like that. 4. Cardboard is a very versatile material. It's a challenge to work with in some ways, but plentiful in an architecture office, and its useful life should be prolonged for as long as possible. 5. There will always be nay-sayers when it comes to PARK(ing) Day. One neighborhood guy said: You cannot put a park there (as we were cleaning up at 5pm). I said: I just did. (And we had a permit.) Perhaps I should have invited him to take a seat in our shade earlier to convince him. Just brush those guys off. The day positively affected so many people. 6. Watermelon offerings can make amends. 7. People are generous.  8. It's fun giving away things for free and making people happy. 9. Productive work meetings are more pleasant in a parklet. 10. Build it and they will come (again and again, 3 times in one day for some locals down the block).  

19 | PARK(ing) Day is on Friday, September 19th! by keihly moore

Put a park on it!

We are very excited to organize Charlotte's biggest PARK(ing) Day yet! Come on down to Tryon Street on Friday, September 19th from 10am - 6pm and come enjoy the mini-parks sprinkled up and down Tryon Street. They are between the Mint Museum and Discovery Place, about 1 per block. YOU will get to vote on your favorite park! Also keep an eye out for Little Free Libraries the teams are making! They will be donated to surrounding neighborhoods on Saturday September 20th. The Library will be stocking them with books, so if you have any extra books sitting around bring them by and take a book home!

Map of teams + locations

Here is a list of the organizers and participants.

These are the guidelines that the teams must follow - they help make a vibrant, interesting public space!

17 | Bike Corral + Parklet in South End by keihly moore

Put a bike corral, parklet, planter, and street tree on it!

By Keihly Moore

Before: Just another parking space in front of Queen City Bicycles in South End on E. Park Ave. 

After: Put a parklet and bike corral on it! 

There's always a need for more public seating and bike racks in South End, especially now that food trucks and gallery openings are no longer a well-kept hot-spot secret, drawing hundreds of folks. Why circle the block multiple times looking for parking when you can roll up on two wheels right next to your destination? Why not extend the sidewalk into more of a patio/front porch style social experience? 

16 | Parklet on N Tryon Street by Aleksandra Borisenko

Put a parklet on it! 

By Aleksandra Borisenko

Before:   A pull-off area for cars in front of the Foundation for the Carolinas and the Knight Foundation provides a unique opportunity to create a useful and enjoyable place for people. 

Before: A pull-off area for cars in front of the Foundation for the Carolinas and the Knight Foundation provides a unique opportunity to create a useful and enjoyable place for people. 

After:   Parklet Option A. This parklet with cafe seating and a landscaping wall makes N Tryon Street a more inviting place for pedestrian. 

After: Parklet Option A. This parklet with cafe seating and a landscaping wall makes N Tryon Street a more inviting place for pedestrian. 

After:   Parklet Option B. This parklet includes an attractive canopy shelter, a low wall and a variety of seating options. 

After: Parklet Option B. This parklet includes an attractive canopy shelter, a low wall and a variety of seating options.