Parking spaces to undergo one-day transformation for international event

The City of Long Beach encourages the community to participate in the annual event called “Park(ing) Day.” In cities around the world on Friday, Sept. 21, participants will temporarily transform parking spaces into public parks and social gathering spaces.
“Park(ing) Day provides the perfect opportunity for the many creative minds in Long Beach to invent and display ingenious uses of public space,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “I am confident the community’s contributions will be inspired and cause us to look at our urban landscape in a new way.”
Park(ing) Day is designed to call attention to the need for more alternative transportation and urban open space, to further the debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of the urban environment.
Residents, businesses, groups and individuals are encouraged to utilize public parking spaces for their Park(ing) Day installations.
Park(ing) day was established in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, by converting a single parking space into an art exhibit. It has steadily grown since then, blossoming into a global experiment in remixing, reclaiming and reprogramming vehicular space for social exchange, recreation and artistic expression.
Last year alone, Park(ing) Day was celebrated in 162 cities, 35 countries and six continents.
City ordinances and laws are to be followed, and metered parking spaces must be paid for before creating an installation. For more information, visit the official Park(ing) Day web page at parkingday.org .

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