Have you ever thought about how public space is being used and how it could be used better? Have you ever heard of a Park(ing) event before? With Muskegon becoming the place to be these are things that we should be thinking about. Today I had a chance to talk with John Klayko about an awesome event that he is putting on to get us thinking about just this.
Park(ing) Day in Muskegon was inspired by Johns brother Branden. Branden found his love of old building and architecture when he went back home after finishing school. Branden had a passion for urbanism in his home town of Louisville Kentucky and so introduced the Park(ing) day event. Branden has since passed which brings us back to why this is so important to John. He would like to honor his brother and his memory by bringing you one of the thing that his brother loved so much.
PARK(ing) Day all started in San Francisco through a group of architects who envisioned the parking meter as short-term lease on a piece of public property. The group created the first park with a piece sod, a bench, and a tree. PARK(ing) Day has since become celebrated as a global event. The meaning behind PARK(ing) Day is to generate conversation about how public space is being used, to bring attention to the need for more green space in an urban setting, and to improve the quality of life in the city as a whole.
How do you become involved you're asking.... well let me tell you. The Park(ing) Day is being held on September 15th from 9-6pm in Muskegon's down town parking spots. You will need to head over to the Park(ing) Day event page on Facebook and fill out an application. After that you are free to start the design process for your space. If you are unsure of what you want to do you can find some inspiration from Park(ing) Day event page from others who have joined in from around the globe. If you don’t want to build a park but still would like to support this awesome cause, you will be able to find and print out a map of all the awesome parks that will be popping up around town.