Miami-Dade Parks’ “green” scenes returning to “PARK(ing) Day Miami 2015”
The annual event is presented by Urban Impact Lab and held in conjunction with world-wide PARK(ing) Day enactments; highlighting the need for more public “green spaces” by turning metered parking spots into temporary mini-parks for the day.
On Friday, Sept. 18, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will transform parking spaces in Wynwood and downtown Miami into pop-up mini-parks for the day, as part of the “PARK(ing) Day Miami 2015” event. Now in its 10th season, the annual local event is presented by the Miami-based civic innovation firm Urban Impact Lab.
Partnering sponsors for this year’s event include Miami-Dade Parks, Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Miami Parking Authority. Otherparticipating organizations will include Trinity Cathedral, Florida International University (FIU), CappSci, The Miami Foundation, and Metro 1 Communities.Miami-Dade Parks will host activities in two (2) of the 10 temporary pop-up parks on site for PARK(ing) Day 2015. These Parks Department’s sites willfeature free interactive activities and refreshments, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.:
- “Feel Good Park”, in front of Granny Feelgood’s Restaurant, 25 W. Flagler St., Suite 100
- “Eco/Bike305 Park”, across from Panther Coffee at 2348 NW 2 Ave. (Wynwood)
PARK(ing) Day Miami is held in conjunction with PARK(ing) day events enacted in cities around the globe, intending to draw attention to the critical need for more public “green spaces” and inspiring fresh thinking about ways to improve the urban habitat.
The idea for PARK(ing) Day was developed in 2005 by Rebar, the San Francisco-based international art and design studio. The creators documented the 2011 observance boasted 975 PARK(ing) installations, representing more than in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. Iran, Madagascar, Venezuela and South Korea were among the international participants.
The temporary pop-up parks, complete with grass, benches, trees and flowers echo the Miami-Dade County Parks and Public Space Master Plan that envisions the transformation of the County into a walkable, healthier community, where every resident lives within a quarter-of-a-mile or a ten-minute walking distance from a public park.
“We are very enthusiastic about the ‘greening’ possibilities that PARK(ing) Day inspires in urban planning strategies,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Great communities have great parks systems with beautiful parks, plazas and tree-lined streets. Through the development of our master plan, we are working to achieve a seamless framework of parks, greenways and trails for pedestrians and bicycle riders that will enhance the way we live, work and play.”
Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys added: “The Open Spaces Master Plan includes smart design to create a sustainable future for Miami-Dade County. It is a vision that will result in reduced dependency on automobiles and lower traffic congestion; improve neighborhood aesthetics and sense of place; and help us to re-connect with nature and become more physically active.”
More information about PARK(ing) Day Miami activities can be found at www.parkingdaymiami.com and a global map of all participating cities is available at the PARK(ing) Day website.