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Shoutout/Garden Event: PARK(ing) Day 2012

Tomorrow (Friday, September 21) is PARK(ing) Day 2012!

Last year I posted about PARK(ing) Day, an international event where metered parking spaces are converted to mini parks for the day. Meters are fed, but the spaces get filled with anything from tiny putting greens to lush and relaxing hideouts. It began in 2005, when art and design studio Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public “parklet” in downtown SF. The event started as an effort to call attention to the need for more public open space and to open the dialogue on quality of life in the urban habitat, and now takes place on every continent! (Well, minus that cold one.)

This year there’s a particular PARK(ing) space being built at Grant and Geary, across the street from Union Square. I got involved through work at Flora Grubb Gardens by way of providing plants for the parklet, and wanted to give them a shout-out.

It’s a great joint effort.  It’s called the Packable Park, and was designed by Christina Cho and Ming Thompson from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of SF. They have some awesome Tetris-like furniture that’s lightweight and configurable, and our plants will be integrated. The two-story behemoth pizza truck Del Popolo will be on hand from 11-3, and the Twirl and Dip truck will be there from 12-4 to vend their organic soft-serve ice cream! Mmm… Seriously.

(From their official press release) How many times have you struggled to find a place to sit or put your food down at a farmers market or food truck event? The PACKABLE PARK by Christina Cho and Ming Thompson from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was conceived in response to this ubiquitous need for reconfigurable, packable furniture all the while providing a colorful, engaging space in the urban landscape. The installation expresses BCJ’s commitment to the particularity of place and user, as the modular pieces of the parklet are set up and reconfigured in response to the activities and forms of the city around it. The parklet offers a place to stop, sit, experience, and react to the bustle of the ever-changing landscape of San Francisco. The installation will feature plants from Flora Grubb Gardens, carpet from Shaw Floors, and host lunch served by the Del Popolo Mobile Pizzeria (11-3) and Twirl and Dip (12-4) ice cream trucks. We hope to see you there!

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