[image via John Lambert Pearson]

This Friday is National PARK(ing) day! Across the U.S. volunteers will transform hundreds of parking spaces into tiny, temporary parks. The event is sponsored by The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization launched by REBAR, an art collective, to raise awareness about the need for more green space.

The first PARK(ing) Day was held in September of last year, and there were over 200 spaces turned into guerrilla parks. This year, the plan is to double that number! With over 70 cities participating, National PARK(ing) Day is aiming to transform more than 400 parking spaces into green spaces. Check out a few of the events after the jump!

  • Atlanta, GA – The Office of Sustainability is teaming up with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and Park Pride to host an event at City Hall including local artists and farmers and a solar panel demonstration.
  • Plantation, FL – At the Whole Foods on Peters Road, The City of Plantation is setting up their tiny park with local plants, a pic nic table and a bike rack. Folks who choose alternative transportation will receive a prize!
  • Portland, OR – Portland Kimpton is closing off a whole block to transform a dozen spaces for a “Party in the Park” that includes musc, beer and a BBQ.
  • Minneapolis, MN – Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul is hosting guided walking tours of its PARK(ing) Day projects departing from the Government Center in Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Dallas, TX – The Bishop Arts Merchants Association, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, and Bennett Miller Homes is teaming up to set up installations in the Bishop Arts District.

National PARK(ing) Day celebrates open, green spaces by raising awareness. There is a complete list of participating cities on the Trust for Public Land’s website. If your city isn’t listed, you can host your own PARK(ing) Day! They have details for creating a PARK(ing) park right here!

[photo by John Lambert Pearson]