On Friday, September 20th, seven districts throughout Oklahoma City will participate in PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
These temporary public parks, called “parklets”, will pop up across Central and Northwest Oklahoma City in front of or at the following locations:
Plenty Mercantile, 807 North Broadway Avenue
The Painted Door, 124 East Sheridan Avenue
Central Business District
Park Avenue & Robinson Avenue
The IAO Gallery, 706 West Sheridan Avenue
Elemental Coffee, 815 North Hudson Avenue
RetrOKC, 1708 NW 16th Street
Grandad’s, 317 NW 23rd Street
You can click here for an interactive Google Map of the locations listed.
PARK(ing) Day began in 2006 in San Francisco by an arts group using funds from the Trust for Public Land. PARK(ing) Day is intended to call attention to the need for more urban open space, generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated and to improve the overall quality of urban human habitat.
The effort to include Oklahoma City in PARK(ing) Day 2013 is led by Better Block OKC, the volunteer organization similarly responsible for bringing the annual Better Block tactical urbanism event to Oklahoma City. Still in the process of planning, anyone interested in volunteering can contact Better Block OKC for more information or to be put in touch with a district team leader.