Park(ing) Day comes to Toronto – Sept 16 + 17

Reimagining parking spaces as people spaces

In 2005 in San Francisco, the Rebar design team equipped with 200 square feet of lawn, a 15–foot–tall tree, a rented park bench and the desire to exploit the metered parking space as a site for art, activism and cultural expression, created the first Park(ing) Day. Photo courtesy of:

Park(ing) Day is a global, public, participatory art project that takes place annually on the third weekend of September. Across the world, people temporarily repurpose on-street, boulevard or lot parking spaces and convert them into tiny parks and places for art, play, and activism.

Why Park(ing) Day?

Park(ing) Day is a unique and exciting opportunity to engage in the ongoing dialog around how our cities are designed and built. The event draws attention to the need for improving access and quantity of public open spaces in densely populated urban areas as well as the need for these spaces to provide social and environmental engagement. The ethos of Park(ing) Day is to celebrate the use of urban public space for people and challenge the dominance of the automobile in cities.

Park(ing) Day began as a guerrilla art and design activism project launched by Rebar in a single parking spot in San Francisco in 2005. Since then, it has become an annual global annual event that boasts hundreds of installations in dozens of countries, with local urban activists temporarily re-purposing parking spaces and transforming them into tiny parkettes for art, design, play, and activism.

Park(ing) Day Toronto, coordinated locally by Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, will feature installations in and around the city, including at Dubbeldam’s office in their boulevard parking spaces.

Toronto featured sites include:

Friday, September 16, 1pm – 5pm

Toronto Metropolitan University, School of Urban & Regional Planning/Urban Minds @tmusurp

105 Bond Street


Saturday, September 17, 10am – 4pm

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, 142 Westmount Ave (St. Clair & Dufferin) @dubbeldamarch

Pop-up park, with greenery, art activities, music, and great food from Wallace Espresso @wallaceespresso and Switzer’s hot pastrami sandwich cart @switzerstoronto. Yoga classes courtesy Modo Yoga at 11am and 2pm. @modouptownscw

Photo courtesy of Dubbledam Architecture + Design on Twitter @DubbledamArch

Its not too late to participate! Create your own streetside parklet in any parking space in Toronto this Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday: bring a chair and a plant, pay for parking and you’ll have a BYO parklet. Reach out to [email protected] for coordination, and follow @parkingday_Toronto and @parkingday for inspiration. As well, visit Parking Day Toronto website and Parking  Day international website for further inspiration.

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