PARK(ing) Day 2011!
Once again this year UrbanMilwaukee.com will be hosting a PARK(ing) Day event in downtown Milwaukee (last year’s photos). PARK(ing) Day takes place on September 16th, 2011 and is quite simply a public space intervention. Groups in cities around the world will be creating mini parks, public art displays, or simply activating a underused parking spot with people, but with the goal of showing how we can better utilize our public space to create a higher-quality built environment.
With the installation of on-street bike corrals Milwaukee has taken its first step towards the re-visioning of its use of public space, but what is the next step for Milwaukee?
Parklets. A parklet, is a small urban park that replaces one or two parking spaces, and often is installed where sidewalk space is limited (though in the Sofia example above the sidewalks were large), and pedestrian traffic is high. Parklets are designed to create a more enjoyable urban experience for residents by expanding the sidewalk space and including items such as planters, cafe seating, benches, artwork, or other amenities. Cities across the U.S. including, New York, San Francisco, and Philadelphia and around the world including Vancouver, and even Sofia have allowed the installation of Parklets, can Milwaukee be next?
To find out more about PARK(ing) Day, Parklets, or just say hi, come visit us between noon and 2 pm September 16th, 2011 near the intersection of Milwaukee St. and Mason St. If you’re interested in partaking in the fun with us, bring a chair, there will be plenty of room.