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2 years ago in Community , Business & development , Sustainability
(25/8/15) 2015 PARK(ing) Day takes back the streets

City of Fremantle parking bays will be taken over by local businesses, artists and activists on Friday 18 September as part of PARK(ing) Day 2015.

As part of this annual, global initiative, cities around the world will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public ‘pop up’ parks and other inclusive social spaces.

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban design and infrastructure.

“In urban centres around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore.

“The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

Local environmental consulting and landscape architecture firm Ecoscape, has partnered for the past two years with the City of Fremantle to coordinate this community event.

With the support of the City and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Ecoscape aim to grow and promote this annual event to encourage thought and discussion around the idea of alternative urban open space and to challenge current assumptions about traditional models of development and transport.

“Are we a City who values cars and bitumen? Or are we a City who values open space, inclusiveness and connection? PARK(ing) Day is a way for us to show our support for a future City that sees an active and vibrant streetscape as a more socially, environmentally and economically responsible option,” says Mayor Pettitt of the initiative.

From pop up green spaces, parklets and activities spaces, Fremantle will support a day of outdoor activity, community connectivity and new urban vision on Friday 18 September from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Over $800 in prizes will be awarded to the best three spaces as voted by the public.

To be a part of this event, contact Daniel Marano on danielm@fremantle.wa.gov.au or 0447 037 428.