Park(ing) Day coming to downtown Jacksonville

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On Friday, September 21, 2012, in celebration of Park(ing) Day, a collaboration between Downtown Vision, Inc., City of Jacksonville, Transform Jax and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will allow for parking spots in downtown Jacksonville to be transformed into temporary public spaces by anyone and open to everyone.

What Is Parking Day?

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Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time.

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.

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!

How To Participate?

1. Submit a small thumbnail drawing of your concept (Parking space dimensions: approximately 25' x 8')

2. Request a parking a parking space or receive one at check-in

3. Deadline to submit ideas: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

4. Submit to:

For further info: call 904-358-3600, ext. 12 or email

Article by Ennis Davis

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