This is one of the coolest ideas ever. Sacramento, under the moniker Creative Capitol, is living up to its self-proclaimed title. The second annual PARK(ing) Day takes to the streets on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., located at the Capitol Mall traffic circle between 9th and 10th streets. Local makers of all kinds were invited to create miniature outdoor parks in a parking space takeover that showcases innovative thinking in our region.
Organized by the local chapter of ASLA (the American Society of Landscape Architects), this program is designed to “stimulate a creative economy and support our creative class.” And like myself, many believe that everyone is creative. A community outlet like this sparks the imaginations of the mini park builders, as well as the passersby that experience an out-of-the-ordinary activation of spaces that are usually dedicated to boring old parking.
PARK(ing) Day started in San Francisco in 2005, and is now a global movement. The bigger idea behind the event is to call attention to the need for more urban open spaces, and to shine a light on how spaces might be better and more creatively utilized. This event is free and fun, so mark your calendars for some wandering and curious eye candy. Learn more at Asla-sierra.org/events/parking-day-2017.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 13 of issue #248 (Sept. 11 – 25, 2017)**