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Adelaide's car parks are drab, dull and functional. A rectangle of grey bitumen enclosed by dotted lines, and sometimes adorned by a shiny ticket machine on the borders. The addition of a car to the parking space at least dispels the grey bitumen, but the improvement is mostly marginal.
Adelaide PARK(ing) Day is part of an international initiative to reclaim metered parking spaces into PARK(ing) spaces - temporary public places for the enjoyment of all. It will transform selected car park spaces in Adelaide city to become temporary interactive art installations for just one day on Friday September 20.
With an increasing emphasis on activating city streets and laneways, this is one initiative that achieves it on a practical level at little cost. It's also a contribution to the ongoing debate of the role of cars in the city versus the importance of encouraging pedestrian traffic.
Registration is open from teams interested in participating in Adelaide PARK(ing) Day until September 6, and there is more information available about how the event works here, for example limitations relating to advertising.
This year Adelaide PARK(ing) Day will be held on Gawler Place, Hindley Street, Leigh Street, Pirie and Waymouth Streets, and Light Square. It will make a fascinating walk if you can make it into the city that day.
The original concept was started in San Francisco in 2005 by the Rebar art and design studio in an area of the city had been designated as lacking public open space. The first PARK installation only stood in place for two hours, the length of time permitted on the meter, and then was packed away. But news of the event had spread and many others wanted to replicate it, so Rebar decided to create it as an open source project and produce a manual on how to do it anywhere.
This is the fourth time Adelaide PARK(ing) Day has run in Adelaide, and is supported by the Adelaide City Council and other sponsors. It's a welcome way to transform a part of the city - even if only for a day. Take a walk around on Friday September 20 and enjoy it - maybe you will be motivated to PARK yourself next year?
Excellent story & brilliant initiative. Adelaide city is perfect for this kind of event! These WeekendNotes are my fave way to find out what's happening in Adelaide & one of the best ways to fill your calendar with life-affirming events. Thanks!!!
How cool! I did mention ages ago about a (I think?) private carpark in Wyatt St, just past Hills Gallery on Pirie, that was such a wonderful building and such a waste of space. I saw a market on weekends. Obviously the company that use it currently - don't !!! Great article again, Dave.