PHOTOS: Park(ing) Day Takes Over Philly Streets to Promote Public SpaceBy Shannon Collins, Photos by Neal Santos |
Campsites, gardens, and sustainability exhibits took over 59 metered parking spaces on the streets of Philadelphia, transforming city pavement into temporary green spaces.
The installations were part of Philadelphia’s fifth annual Park(ing) Day — a worldwide event that took place on Friday, September 21st. The daylong event reclaimed parking spots in cities to raise awareness of the need for more citizen friendly spaces in the city.
This year, 49 teams from design firms, advocacy organizations, and city agencies signed up to create nearly 60 spaces — almost double the amount from last year.
Photographer Neal Santos was on hand to capture some of the scenes.
SMP Architects helped transform a parking spot on the 1600 block of Walnut Street into a leaf-covered S’more Parks — a space made cozy with cardboard tents and sleeping bags.
Color Garden showcased positive messages on paper crafts at 17th and Moravian.
Zipcar greeted guests with pumpkins and paint supplies at 17th & Walnut.
WRT Design, a firm that has been exploring nature and sustainability since 1963, set up a fabric teepee.
Passersby were asked to write their thoughts about nature, sustainability, and the future on paper leaves.
Kids from Urban Blazers — which provides active, outdoor programs for children from under resourced Philadelphia neighborhoods — were on site to assist WRT Design with their space.
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