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Park(ing) Day

Apparently last Friday was Park(ing) Day in San Francisco and other cities around the United States.

(Saturday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but that’s besides the point).

PARK(ing) Day is “Originally created by Rebar, San Francisco art and design collective, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

Anyone can participate in PARK(ing) Day, though it is strictly a non-commercial project, intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.”

I actually think this has scientific merit, as well as artistic; it explores the idea and promotes awareness of conservation and living with Nature and one’s natural surroundings, and how “living green” probably will require some dramatic changes, not just bringing a recycled bag to the grocery store (although that’s a good start).

Associate Press story



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.