Park(ing) Day celebrated in Mpls

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September 20, 2013
By: Annie Michaelson // Murphy News Service
Annie Michaelson // Murphy News Service

FAIR school students and Women In Landscape Architecture designed a temporary public park today near the Target headquarters on Nicollet Mall in celebration of International Park(ing) Day.

International Park(ing) Day is a worldwide annual event, held the third Friday in September. The event brings together artists, activists and citizens to celebrate public space in urban areas.

The project launched in 2005 when San Franciscan art and design studio, Rebar, created a makeshift public park from a single metered space. It has now expanded to more than 35 countries. 

Throughout September, landscape architects from Women In Landscape Architecture (WILA) collaborated with FAIR students to share ideas, learn principles for environmental design and craft a plan for the space.

“Students considered whether the spot would be in the sun or the shade most of the day, the visibility of the parking spot from both the street and the skyways, the proximity to certain types of businesses, to food trucks, or to busy streets,” according to a blog post by WILA.  For more information, go to WILA’s blog or International Park(ing) Day’s site.

In addition to the downtown park, there will be four other pop-up parks on Grand Avenue tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., produced by The Musicant Group and NEHBA/Experience Southwest.

The Musicant Group will partner with Public Design Exchange and students from the University of Minnesota’s School of Design and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to create four additional pop-up conversions.

With support from the Kingfield and Tangletown neighborhoods and businesses, NEHBA/Experience Southwest will put on the event on Grand Avenue at intersections of 38th, 42nd, 46th and 48th streets.

The event is a part of a larger pilot project by NEHBA/Experience Southwest, to increase local business sales by encouraging visitors to bike and walk along Grand Avenue.

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