I have good news: Your neighborhood will be getting a new park this Friday! Thanks to Park(ing) Day, you’ll see more community-friendly hangout spots to relax in, socialize in, and party in!

Sadly, those new parks are only temporary pop-up paradises. Park(ing) Day encourages everyone to take over a parking spot, turning it into a mini-park for the day. This year that day falls on Sept. 17 — and community groups, local businesses and individuals have big plans to transform their towns.

In my Santa Monica neighborhood, a bike-friendly group called Santa Monica Spoke is planning to create a bike-friendly park in front of Swinger’s Diner on Broadway. Cyclists can take advantage of the free bike valet, enjoy freebies, and enter a raffle to win free bike tune-ups. My pink Townie has been making weird clicking sounds, so I’m hoping to be one of the raffle winners!

Farther east, eco design collective de LaB will be creating a fancier pocket park in front of LOCAL restaurant in Silver Lake. Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to see a public performance space designed by architect Christian Chaudhari, where local musicians will be performing all day.

PARK(ing) Day: User-Generated Urbanism from Brandon Bloch on Vimeo.

Visit Park(ing) Day’s website to find out what’s happening near you; googling “Park(ing)” Day along with the name of your city will help you find the local group coordinating the nearby events, if you’d like to get involved with the planning.

Enjoy a new park near you on Park(ing) Day
On Sept. 17, parking spots will be transformed into pop-up parks. Get outside to enjoy a mini urban paradise near you!