Fremantle to Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2013: Press Release

Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people
[Fremantle, WA] September 20, 2013 — In cities around the globe today, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

Local environmental consulting and landscape architecture firm Ecoscape has organised the event in conjunction with the Fremantle Council. Fremantle’s first Park(ing) Day will be bigger than Perth’s measley two bays!

With Mayor Brad Pettitt’s enthusiasm and assistance, we have managed to organise five parking bays that will be transormed into mini urban parks for the day.

  1. Xwray Café will be creating a park in front of their establishment,
  2. Living Smarties and Ecoburbia will be creating two spaces,
  3. one behind Gino’s in Market Street and the other on High Street.
  4. Ecoscape has secured a bay on Market Street near the Newport,
  5. CUSP will be adding to their permanent aquaculture display in front of their building on Packenham.

Scheduled for the some of the bays will be coffee and food, live music, farm animals, games and a sand sculpture.

With the development of King’s Square looming and fervant discussion surrounding the direction of Fremantle’s future, Ecoscape thought this a good opportunity to promote thought and discussion around the idea of urban open space and to challenge current assumptions about traditional models of development.

Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2011 included 975 “PARK” installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe.

PARK(ing) Day is an “open-source” user-generated invention created by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions. More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found in the attached pdf and a global map of all participating cities are available on the PARK(ing) Day website, at parkingday.org

park(ing) Day

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About Ecoscape (www.ecoscape.com.au). Ecoscape is a North Fremantle based environmental consultancy, landscape architecture and spatial planning firm, combining science and design in approach to their projects.
About Rebar (www.rebargroup.org). Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Rebar is an internationally recognized art and design studio operating at the intersection of art, design and ecology.

About Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog
City of Fremantle Mayor

2 Responses to Fremantle to Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2013: Press Release

  1. Great to see you have so many!

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