Happening now: PARKing Day – come play in the ‘park for a day’

First temporary “park” we found set up for PARKing Day in West Seattle is this one in front of Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) at Westwood Village – you can sit down and relax, or play bean-bag toss:

Things were a little delayed for a couple of parks, including Mind Unwind in the Admiral District, which had a delay, ironic as it was, because someone had parked right in front of the no-parking signs. However, they’ve now tweeted they’re up and running – go hang out and make art!

Mind Unwind is at 2206 California SW. More to come!

9 Replies to "Happening now: PARKing Day - come play in the 'park for a day'"

  • MrB September 20, 2013 (1:56 pm)

    Our tax dollars at work. Sigh.

  • Mike September 20, 2013 (3:04 pm)

    Not sure I fully understand why they’d do this. “Common down and throw a beanbag, then sit in a chair in the road”. Not sure it’s a wise marketing gimmick.

    • WSB September 20, 2013 (3:27 pm)

      Clearly we have done a horrible job of explaining PARKing Day … more like, not explaining it. It’s not a marketing gimmick. It’s not a government-initiated program. It’s part of an international initiative that’s been happening for a few years now, though West Seattle had no participants the past couple years. It’s meant to be a symbolic, fun thing to do, for a scant few hours one day a year, to show what might be possible with public spaces in urban areas. Even something as simple as stretch out some green carpet – pretend grass, though we’ve seen past instances with real (albeit temporary) turf – and show that even saving a square here and a square there is worth something. The official international description: “PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens independently (but simultaneously) turn metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. PARK(ing) Day is a non-commercial project, intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.”
      (We have no public metered spaces in West Seattle, so toss out the word ‘metered’ in this case.)

  • Q September 20, 2013 (3:09 pm)

    There’s still plenty of sprawl left in the Midwest if you don’t like living in the city.

  • Bellvy September 20, 2013 (3:40 pm)

    Thanks to Wyatt Jewelers and Mind Unwind for supporting the idea that PEOPLE live in our city!

  • Jissy September 20, 2013 (3:47 pm)

    Yeah, I don’t get it.

  • Wilson September 20, 2013 (5:00 pm)

    You go Cait!! Some serious Debbie Downers on this thread

    • WSB September 20, 2013 (5:06 pm)

      Maybe next year we’ll ask to borrow a space at somebody’s bricks-and-mortar facility and put one up ourselves. Would be a fun place to work for the day :)

  • RJB September 23, 2013 (4:53 pm)

    I love this, this has been going on for atleast 5 years or so, people get really creative!! There have been great ‘PARKing spaces” up on Cap. Hill and other areas in the city….

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