On PARK(ing) Day, Friday, September 18, 2009, metered public parking spots nationwide will become temporary public parks. Solutions Twin Cities invites you to participate. The mission is to rethink the way streets are used, call attention to the need for urban parks, celebrate ones we already have, and improve the quality of urban human habitat... if only for a couple of hours.
PARK(ing) Day is an open source project, over it's four year history participants have begun to adapt and remix it's components to address a variety of social issues in diverse urban contexts around the world. This DIY approach has also expanded the project to include a broad range of interventions well beyond the basic "tree-bench-sod" park typology initially envisioned. In recent years, participants have built interventions ranging from free health clinics, urban farming and ecology demonstrations, political seminars, art installations, free bike repair shops and even a wedding ceremony.
Solutions Twin Cities is hosting a kick-off happy hour on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 5-7 p.m., at the West Bank Social Center, 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis.