Parking spots turned into creative mini-parks for annual PARK(ing) Day celebration

On Saturday, September 16 the annual international event known as PARK(ing) Day will return to downtown Sacramento from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Capitol Circle between 9th and 10th streets. Artists, designers, community organizations, schools and citizens will transform fourteen parking spots into a series of temporary mini parks (parklets) in an effort to promote green and pedestrian-friendly urban spaces and celebrate our creative community.

With the recent focus on Capitol Mall and stimulating the city’s creative economy, parklet designers are tasked to re-imagine their parking space as platforms for ‘CREATIVE CAPITOL’, however they define it.

PARK(ing) Day is a crossroads of arts, design and creative disciplines. For one day, they come together in one space to encourage creativity in the urban environment,” said Andrew Wickham, President-Elect of California Sierra Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architect. “By grouping our efforts together, we can showcase a broad vision of how to re-imagine Sacramento’s streets – especially our Capitol Mall.”

Sacramento’s PARK(ing) Day is designed to expose the general public to what parklets are. Organizers hope to create a fun environment for nearby employees, residents and visitors to experience the creative talents of participants while sparking conversations to encourage more permanent parklets.

I think Sacramento is finding its identity through these type of events,” continued Wickham. “We’re focusing on demonstrating creative design solutions that celebrate the creativity of our city and region.”

Sacramento United PARK(ing) Day is FREE to attend with activities, art, play features, games, and live music complementing the parklets throughout the day. Food trucks and vendors will offer food and drink for purchase.

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