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.
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.