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It’s PARK(ing) Day, Let the Celebration Begin

Parking spots will be transformed into public space -- with entertainers performing -- as part of international event today.

By - Sep 20th, 2013 09:05 am
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Join Urban Milwaukee, ART Milwaukee, and the United Performing Arts Fund in celebrating PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 20th. The groups will be transforming the parking spaces in front of Urban Milwaukee: The Store (755 N. Milwaukee St.) into a temporary public space from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day

Programming for the space will include a live performances by UPAF member groups (schedule included at end of article), a miniature golf tournament, and chairs for public lounging.

In accordance with Park(ing) Day policy and City of Milwaukee parking regulations, the groups will plug the meters for the duration of the event.

The groups are excited to participate in PARK(ing) Day as a celebration of the highly successful efforts that are adding vibrancy to Milwaukee’s streets. Most recently, two businesses installed a parklet/dining deck N. Murray St., expanding their seating capacity and enabling more use of the space than the two parking stalls. Three on-street bike corrals also have been installed across the city, increasing the available bicycle parking and generating more business for area businesses. In addition, 27 miles of on-street bicycle lanes will be added to Milwaukee streets this year.

About PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. 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.


UPAF Performance Schedule

  • 10:00 – 11:30 – Renaissance Theaterworks, John Nicholson
  • 12:00 – 1:30 – Racine Symphony Orchestra, Nancy Maio and Jim McVeigh
  • 2:00 – 3:30 – Present Music, Terry Smirl Jazz Trio
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Matt Daniels

Past PARK(ing) Days in Downtown Milwaukee

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