The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proud to be part of PARK(ing) Day, which will be held this year on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Bethesda and Silver Spring.
PARK(ing) Day is an worldwide, annual event that gives residents, businesses and organizations an opportunity to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into fun, park-like spots that stimulate conversations about how we use our urban landscape. We hope PARK(ing) Day will encourage people to rethink their transportation choices and support infrastructure that is more transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable!
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco.
Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. Read more about the original PARK(ing) installation on the Rebar website, or to delve deeper into the theoretical framework of the project, consider downloading the PARK(ing) Day Manifesto.
Representatives from Bach to Rock, Bethesda Green, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Dewberry, Department of Transportation, Equinox, Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Toole Design Group and and Van Epern Public Relations will be there to support the mission of PARK(ing) Day which is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
DEP’s PARK(ing) Day display will be located next to Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring. We’ll have a model rain garden, permeable pavers, and rain barrels. The rain barrels are painted with chalk paint so kids can draw on them. Joining DEP at their display will be WSSC.