In 2005, a San Francisco art and design studio called Rebar decided to explore the ways in which parking spaces can be reclaimed to create much needed public space. Every year since, the Park(ing) Day movement has spread throughout the US and world, including St. Louis, as a global day of creativity and advocacy for the preservation and creation of meaningful public space in our communities.
As the first green shoots of spring appear, St. Louisans are already starting to break out of their winter hibernation, seeking places and spaces in their community to play, relax, and gather with neighbors in the public domain. Does your neighborhood or community have the kinds of public spaces you wish it had? Pay attention this spring and summer and start making a list of the public spaces you wish your community had -- Parking Day 2011 will be taking place Friday, September 16th, and we want more St. Louis communities than ever before to participate in this incredibly fun, creative way to spark meaningful dialog about public spaces that enhance the livability of our communities.
Check out the links below for more information about Park(ing) Day and Rebar's incredible work: