The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!
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 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
Ecoscape decided to take it upon ourselves last year to start up PARK(ing) Day in Fremantle as an annual event. Parking Day involved six bays last year and we were happy to see that we are steadily growing with 10 parking bays taken over this year. This year involved an popup urban park from us here at Ecoscape, Endota Spa had an outdoor spa and massage happening, there was a High Street Vegie farm installation to draw attention to urban food sourcing, Didgeridoo Breath had an outdoor jamming area, Il Cibo created a great beach slash lounge area, the Fremantle Library created their outdoor reading room in one of the spaces, GOE Lifestyle had an outdoor social media station, the Raw Kitchen created a groovy outdoor cafe and music area and Two Reubens espresso created a great little lounge area to relax, chat and drink great coffee.
With the development of Kings Square around the corner and several other planning initiatives and changes to planning guidelines in the pipeline, Ecoscape see this as a great opportunity to inspire public thought and debate around the future of Fremantle and how public open space might play a role in this vision. With solid involvement from Fremantle businesses, we saw many locals and visitors alike getting involved in the community conversation around these issues.
With another successful event under our belts we are looking forward to a bigger and better PARK(ing) Day next year!
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