I had no idea what Park(ing) Day was when an incredibly talented architect friend of mine asked me what I thought about his firm’s Park(ing) day concept, The World’s Smallest Honky-Tonk. Park(ing) Day came to life in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar, an art and design firm fed a parking meter and turned its companion spot into a public park. For a few hours anyway. That one act of green kindness turned into a movement that has spread to parking spaces and cities across the country. The mission statement found on the parkingday.org website reads:
The mission of PARK(ing) Day 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 … at least until the meter runs out!
I love this idea, and because its Nashville, my friend and his team’s concept. It was exciting to see lower Broadway in Nashville turned into a sea of mini-parks and one Tiny Tonk. Nashville is booming and every time we locals turn around, another spot of land is being claimed by a condo building or a retail center. In a city noted for having one of the largest urban tree canopies in the nation, little by little, the issue of open space is becoming a more pressing one. I guess that’s the price of living in the most “it”, most creative city on the planet.
Congratulations to Pfeffer Trode Architecture, Jamie Pfeffer and the team for winning Most Creative space and the People’s Choice Award!
To read more about Park(ing) Day and to find out how you can take part, check out their website, here.