Following a successful first year, ReCover Acadiana has announced the second annual PARKing Day for Lafayette, Louisiana will be held September 21st! The national celebration transforms parking spaces into interesting, vibrant public spaces.
PARK(ing) day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.
Gretchen Vanicor, President of ReCover Acadiana, shared the organization’s excitement for hosting the event again this year: “Last year’s PARKing Day was a big success. It led to policy changes at Lafayette Consolidated Government that allowed more permanent parklets which should be on display sometime this fall. We decided to continue this initiative to remind the public that sometimes small efforts can really transform our community and bring life to public places.”
This initiative is implemented in cities around the world on the third Friday in September to advance the conversations surrounding the use of urban public spaces.
Once again this year, the event covers all metered spaces in the Downtown district. Outgoing Downtown Development Authority CEO Geoff Dyer reminds people how important events like PARK(ing) Day can be for creating vibrancy: “The Downtown Action Plan highlights vibrancy of our public places (including streets) as a way to ensure a strong downtown. As part of this national event, we look forward to a family-friendly party in the street... and in our parks, that can show the world the food, music, and hospitality that makes us Acadiana!”
If you have an idea on how to make an approximately 110-square-foot space more interesting—maybe a mini-park (a parklet), an art installation, a beautifying greenspace—then applications are available today at recoveracadiana.org/parking-day
Applications are due by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, August 31.
About PARK(ing) Day
The PARK(ing) Day 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. For more information go to parkingday.org.
About ReCover Acadiana
ReCover Acadiana is an organization dedicated to improving public spaces through collaborative effort.
Friday, September 21st | 8:00 AM-10:00 PM