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Park(ing) Day Preview... and Party

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The number of parks in Philly will jump on Park(ing) Day when parks will pop up throughout the city. On Friday, September 16, Philadelphia will once again be part of this multi-city adventure in re-imagining the metered parking space as 170 square feet of public space. If you’re not creating one, you can have an adventure anyway—get a map of the parks, pay them and their friendly creators a visit, then stop by the Collaborative at 5 PM for the Park(ing) Day party! RSVP

The Community Design Collaborative gathered three Park(ing) Day participants—the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, SMP Architects, and the Collaborative itself—for a preview of their parks. Here’s what they’ve got in the works:

Pallet Park 12th and Arch at the Reading Terminal Market For the Collaborative’s entry, Erin Keith, Erin Fox, Jordan Barr, Rachel Lijana, Alexander Cutrona, and Charles Oropallo are turning pallets into modular seating and tables… for the crowd that comes to the Reading Terminal for morning coffee and lunch. The pallets will be raw, but sanded, and reconfigured throughout the day as outdoor diners and sitters ebb and flow. The Collaborative Park(day) team hopes to get people thinking about urban scrap and its possibilities. “We want to inspire people to find things to reuse in their neighborhoods,” says Erin Keith.

Giant Suggestion Box 15th and Arch The Planning Commission will hang a screen of Park(ing) Day postcards around its space. The black, white, and green postcards will form super graphics… maybe a car, an arrow, or the word “park”. Stop by and fill out a postcard to answer a provocative question and over the course of the day they’ll swap out their super graphics with your words, pictures, and ideas. They’ll also provide you with a stamp to mail a postcard out!

Grounds for a Park 16th and Walnut “What’s the precursor for a park? Ground!” says SMP Architects’ Scott Ritchie. Based on Walter DeMario’s Earth-Filled Room, the team will fill their parking space with coffee grounds collected from the ubiquitous coffee shops in Center City. They’ll be giving these nutrient rich coffee grounds away all day to feed your plants or compost heap. The goal of this Park(ing) Day team is to end the day with an empty space, “It would be great if the installation got rid of itself.”



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