PARK(ing) Day – this Friday

This Friday 19 September the streets of Fremantle will come alive as parking bays are taken over by local businesses, citizens, artists and activists.

As part of this annual, global initiative, cities around the world will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public ‘pop up’ parks and other inclusive, social spaces for ‘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 design and infrastructure.

“In urban centres around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore.

“The planning strategies that generate 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 partnered for the past two years with the City of Fremantle to coordinate this community event.

With the support of the City, Ecoscape are growing and promoting this annual event to encourage thought and discussion around the idea of alternative urban open space and to challenge current assumptions about traditional models of development and transport.

Are we a City who values cars and bitumen? Or are we a City who values open space, inclusiveness and connection? PARK(ing) Day is a way for us to show our support for a future City that sees an active and vibrant streetscape as a more socially, environmentally and economically responsible option

From pop up green space, to a silent disco, to an outdoor reading space and beyond, Fremantle will support a day of outdoor activity, community connectedness and new urban vision. A walking map will be available from “PARK” installations all day and activities will run from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.

Since its inception in 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2011 included 975 installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centres across the globe, with Fremantle once again joining the fun.

For more information regarding Fremantle based PARK(ing) Day activities contact Melanie Bainbridge on 9432 9735 or melanieb@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

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.

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