Why pay for your parking when you can decorate it? That’s precisely what will be happening this Friday in New Plymouth as part of International PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event aimed at giving metered car-parks a makeover, by turning them into green parks—places to actively re-imagine the possibilities of the urban landscape.
A collaboration between the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, the Sustainable Transport wing of the New Plymouth District Council and the Green Bench Gallery in Whanganui will bring artists to fill New Plymouth’s Queen street with art installations, activities and mini-green parks; creating more urban, social and green space around the inner city.
“Streets are places for more than just cars” say Nathaniel Benefield, sustainable transport coordinator for New Plymouth District Council. “Our streets were once a place for cultural and economic exchange, a place where we played as kids, where we walked, cycled and drove about on with a greater consideration for other users. International PARK(ing) Day reawakens the social function of the street by temporarily re-humanising some of the space currently given over to the parking of empty cars.”
Although the project is temporary, with 700 parks, 140 cities, 21 countries and six continents being involved in 2009, PARK(ing) Day encourages the public to participate in the civic processes that permanently alter the urban landscape.
The concept for the international event was originally thought up by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio.