It's an odd and wonderful annual worldwide event where metered parking spots are turned into one-day public spaces (no quarters required). The "open-source" event was ignited by a San Francisco design house, Rebar, in 2005. That year only one space was converted into a useable PARK(ing) space and for only two hours, the maximum allotted time for a parked vehicle. When the meter ran out the Rebar team rolled up their sod and presumably when back to work. Pictures of the out of place public space went viral causing people throughout the world to connect to Rebar to make this event a worldwide phenomenon. Hundreds of cities simultaneously highlight the need for more people-centric urban public spaces. Jacksonville joined the PARK(ing) revolution in 2012.
Original PARK(ing) space
PARK(ing) Day Jacksonville 2012
Downtown Vision is organizing this year's event with participation from 17 downtown businesses. The 18 unique pop-up parklets will only exist today, September 16, from 10AM to 2PM and again from 4PM to 7PM.
1. 1904 Music Hall | 19 N. Ocean St.
2. Daniel James Salon | 45 W. Bay St.
3. De Real Ting Cafe | 128 W. Adams St.
4. Downtown Cigar Lounge | 11 N. Ocean St.
5. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront | On Laura St. in front of Wells Fargo
6. Mocha Misk’i | 209 N. Laura St.
7.- 9. National Park Service | Three locations between Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches and Wolf and Cub | Laura St.
10. Peterbrooke Chocolatier | 100 W. Bay St.
11. Regions Bank | 51 W. Bay St.
12. Spliff’s Gastropub | 15 N. Ocean St.
13. Urban Grind Coffee Co. | 45 W. Bay St.
14. Visit Jacksonville | 208 N. Laura St.
15. Wine Decadence | 31 W. Adams St.
16. YMCA (Bank of America building) | 50 N. Laura St.
17. Zodiac Bar & Grill | 120 W. Adams St
More Info about Jacksonville's Event
More info about PARK(ing) Day