Something unusual is happening with parking spaces today, and no, we’re not referring to the mysterious disappearance of New York City DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg’s Honda.
Today is Park(ing) Day, “an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.” Here’s a look at some “parks,” or more accurately, “parklets” from around the tri-state region.
Uber set up a parklet in Stamford:
— Stamford 2030 (@Stamford2030) September 16, 2016
And TO Design set one up in downtown New Britain:
— CT Chapter of ASLA (@CTASLA) September 16, 2016
And Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies organized a parklet in New Haven:
— Yale F&ES (@YaleFES) September 16, 2016
In New Jersey, local businesses teamed up to create a beach on Kings Highway in Haddonfield.
— NJ Pen (@NJ_Pen) September 16, 2016
And there was a parklet in downtown Newark:
— Tyler Tourville (@TyTourville) September 16, 2016
New York City didn’t have many Park(ing) Day installations, but here’s one that Friends of the High Line organized:
— High Line (@highlinenyc) September 16, 2016
There were plenty more outside the region. Our colleagues at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission set up a parklet in Philadelphia:
— DVRPC (@DVRPC) September 16, 2016
And there was this one, organized by the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, where they were blending smoothies with pedal power:
— Urban Land Institute (@UrbanLandInst) September 16, 2016
And in Massachusetts, the Cambridge Development Department replaced parking spaces with a protected bike lane:
— Cambridge CDD (@CDDat344) September 16, 2016
For more, check out this list of unique Park(ing) Day installations from around the globe, compiled by our friends at Streetsblog.