It’s the one day a year where some parking spots are a park instead of a place for vehicles.
Here’s the idea: Instead of parking spots being a place to leave cars while their owners are busy, the space is transformed into a park, allowing many to enjoy it and sparking conversation about public spaces.
PARK(ing) Day, billed as an international annual event on the third Friday of September, was in Pittsburgh today for the ninth year. Some PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh spots will be open through the evening. More on that in this handy map:
Urban Design Associates set up their park in Market Square, complete with balloon trees and a picture frame to take photos.
Lemme take a selfie.MJ SLABY / THE INCLINE
Why are parks important?MJ SLABY / THE INCLINE
Michael Baker International and the Bloomfield Development Corporation came together for a pair of parks in Bloomfield. They solicited ideas where benches should be along Liberty Avenue, and you could relax with a pair of pink lawn flamingos.
Just like Florida.MJ SLABY / THE INCLINE
Participants could add a pink sticker to an oversized map of Liberty Avenue to show where they’d like to see a bench added.MJ SLABY / THE INCLINE
Councilwoman Deb Gross’s team also had a park in Bloomfield on Friday, where Pittsburghers could stop by for free lemonade or to play an oversized game of Jenga.
Have a glass of lemonade.MJ SLABY / THE INCLINE
Let's play Jenga!MJ SLABY / THE INCLINE