PARKing Day is global event encouraging citizens, artists, and activists to collaborate and temporarily transform surface parking spaces into parklets to bring attention to the need for more urban open space, generate discussion on how public space is created, and improve the quality of urban life. The event originally started in San Francisco in 2005 and has expanded to over a 160 cities worldwide.
VIKA’s Landscape Architecture Departments from each of our offices participated for the first time this year on Massachusetts Avenue in the District. Our parklet was built from wood pallets, milk crates, and plant material to create a little oasis. With a little creativity and elbow grease, a couple asphalt spaces turned into a green for putting practice and cornhole for passersby to take a break. Several folks stopped by and enjoyed a few games, while the adjacent Starbucks loved the idea and provided our staff with coffee.
In tribute to the great open spaces that make urban living sustainable and enjoyable, PARKing Day was a great opportunity to highlight our passion for recreation and sustainability.