Park(ing) Day is a global event where engaged citizens, professionals of the built environment, and community activists come together to create temporary public space out of public parking spaces on urban streets. The ethos of Park(ing) day is to celebrate the use of urban public space for people and challenge the dominance of the automobile in cities. Park(ing) Day originally began as an experimental tactical installation in a paid public parking space in San Francisco, CA in 2005. Since then it has become an annual open-source event coordinated on the third Friday in September. The event draws attention to the need for improving access and quantity of public open spaces in densely populated urban areas as well as the need for these spaces to provide social and environmental engagement.
We, a group of undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of departments across the University of Toronto, have planned an installation for Park(ing) Day 2019. With notable traffic congestion and crowded sidewalks in Toronto’s downtown core, we feel that the city’s built environment can greatly benefit from increased public spaces that offer relief from this chaotic and harsh environment. For one day only, a paid public parking space usually occupied by automobiles will become a public space.
Please join us in front of 273 Bloor St. West on September 20 where we will collectively join other groups across the globe to participate in Park(ing) Day 2019.
This Park(ing) Day 2019 collaboration and installation is made possible with support from the University of Toronto’s School of Cities.