WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2013 — Stop by four pop-up mini parks in NoMa tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 19, to celebrate Park(ing) Day!
Park(ing) Day is a global event in which metered parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks. Four organizations are creating mini parks in the NoMa neighborhood to bring NoMa residents, workers and neighbors outside to enjoy the weather:
All Park(ing) Day parklets will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday in NoMa. The mission of Park(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more open, public space in the urban environment. With a capital investment of $50 million from the DC government, NoMa will soon have great new parks and public spaces. Learn more about NoMa parks here.
NoMa’s Park(ing) Day is organized by the NoMa BID and supported by Ayers Saint Gross, DOtankDC, Opt 2 Move, and the Orange Cow. Tweet @NoMaBID and @OrangeCowDC to tell us what your favorite ice cream flavor is.
Park(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, an 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 artists, organizations and individuals constructing creative temporary public space in urban contexts, such as libraries, gardens, and miniature golf courses.
NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood nestled among Union Station, the U.S. Capitol, Shaw, and the H Street, NE corridor in Washington, D.C. Over the last several years, private developers have invested more than $5 billion in the 35-block area within the NoMa BID boundary, and have plans to develop more than 16 million square feet of additional office, residential, hotel, and retail space. NoMa is home to more than 3,900 new apartments, and more than 40,000 people work in NoMa each day. With unparalleled transportation access via Amtrak, VRE, MARC, two Red Line Metro stops, and vehicular access to Interstate 395, visitors, workers and residents can easily travel throughout the region as well as to New York or anywhere on the East Coast. For more information about NoMa, visit www.nomabid.org and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter.
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PARK(ing) Day has come and gone another year. As always, Elevation DC managing editor Rachel Kaufman CaBiked to as many spots as possible while the parklets were up.
PARK(ing) Day is a decade-old event where groups of people turn a street parking space into a mini park (or “parklet”). Maybe it’s just a bit of grass and a chair, maybe it’s a game of cornhole or a park bench. (One category of “things that go in parks but that we haven’t seen in parklets”: statues. Let’s have a giant statue in a parklet next year, please.)
On Friday, pieces of asphalt around the District were cordoned off and transformed into oases — or at least, that was the idea. These mini parks, called parklets, were set up as part of PARK(ing) Day, the stated mission of which is to “call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.”
Four pop-up mini parks will be unveiled in NoMa Friday, Sept. 19, as part of Park(ing) Day, a global event in which metered parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks.
Four organizations are creating mini parks:
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