ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PARK(ING) DAY ON DANBURY'S MAIN STREET

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THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL  EVENT, PARK(ING) DAY, RETURNS TO DANBURY'S MAIN STREET

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH

WHERE WILL THE PARK PARK?

 "I'm a firm believer in karma, and put it this way: I get as lot of good parking spots." -  Cuban-American musician, Al Jourgensen

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places for social engagement and creative expression.  The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement.

Danbury's celebration of PARK(ing) Day began in 2014. This year's event, which will pop up somewhere on Main Street, takes place all day on Friday, September 16th. PARK(ing) Day is made possible by the Danbury Parking Authority, the City of Danbury's Department of Parks & Recreation and Department of Forestry (Danbury has been an official USA Tree City for 26 years), CityCenter Danbury, Gartner & Main, and a new urban enterprise, DisH Living ("Downtown is Happening").

Since PARK(ing) Day's birth,  the project has expanded to include interventions and experiments well beyond the basic “tree-bench-sod” park typology first modeled by Rebar. In recent years, participants have built free health clinics, planted temporary urban farms, produced ecology demonstrations held political seminars, built art installations, opened free bike repair shops and even held a wedding ceremony! All this in the context of this most modest urban territory – the metered parking space.

For more information about PARK(ing) Day, visit parkingday.org or Facebook. Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar www.rebargroup.org Photos thanks to Danbury Cultural Commission

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