National PARKing Day Aims to Green the World

Students bring attention to the need for more open, urban space...

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Clockwise from top left, Ilia Savin '17, Mark Hirschbeck ’17, grad students Lauren Butts, David Ffrench, Sama Azadi, Anni Li ’18 and grad student Thackston Crandall. (Cornell Chronicle)
Clockwise from top left, Ilia Savin '17, Mark Hirschbeck ’17, grad students Lauren Butts, David Ffrench, Sama Azadi, Anni Li ’18 and grad student Thackston Crandall. (Cornell Chronicle)

By Blaine Friedlander via Cornell Chronicle, 9/16/16

No need to read – or park – between the lines: Sept. 16 is National PARKing Day.

Cornell landscape architecture students – members of the Cornell chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects – assembled a miniature park in Collegetown to show the world how automobile parking consumes space. It’s an annual, national event where students, citizens, artists and activists transform metered parking spaces into a tiny, temporary public parks – 130 square feet at a time.

As the world paves paradise and puts up parking lots, the students bring attention to the need for more open, urban space, alerting the public to how public space is created to improve the human habitat.

Decorating the space with plants, the students provided an easygoing respite from the fast-paced Collegetown traffic.

“We wanted to bring green space to a more complex, urban environment,” said Mark Hirschbeck ’17, who suggests users of the mini park “sit and enjoy.”

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