When was the last time you sang karaoke or mocked up sculptures with architects on the street? Precisely why you want to visit the organizations and businesses creating parklets this Friday!
These “feed-the-meter” parklets are a vision of more accessible and better-designed neighborhoods. Parklets permit a slower-paced absorption of our city’s corridors, mesh well with cyclist and walkers, and most importantly, encourage visitors to linger and share!
Have you craved a more pleasant urban space in your day-to-day? Keep your eyes peeled on Friday, September 20th, as Oakland residents and businesses will transform parking strips into mini-parks.
This Park(ing) Day will be a vision of what Oakland can be if the City Council adopts a codification of a more permanent parklet application process. Celebrate this day of open-source, pop-up imagination to demonstrate what we desire from public space!
How and where? Parklets can be erected streetside in front of residences or commercial businesses. Oakland is our oyster: a parklet can be as simple as coins (for the meter), cordon (for safety) and chairs (for your guests)!
What could be more American than Kasper’s Hot Dogs? A great public space and biking place in Temescal!
Come visit us on July 7th at the Temescal Street Fair from 12 – 6 pm. We’ll be talking about our work advocating for improvements to Telegraph Ave with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, which includes a pedestrian plaza demonstration at “Kasper’s Korner” at Shattuck and Telegraph.
Please see this nice description of the plaza demonstration.
There also we’ll share information on Park(ing) Day, which will create similar transformations of public roadway throughout the city into community parklet space this September 20th.
This Friday, September 21, parking spaces throughout Oakland will be transformed into art galleries, teahouses, and other interesting destinations as part of the seventh international PARK(ing) Day.
Our Parklets for People campaign has been working with businesses and community groups in neighborhoods around the city to promote participation in this great day of community transformation and spread the word about Oakland’s Pilot Parklet program. There will be over a dozen temporary parklets this Friday and Saturday – creating community spaces that feature everything from a place for fun and games, to a laptop hangout, to quiet place for a spot of tea.
Park(ing) Day Raffle!
Visit one, visit them all. Stop by any of these participating location to see what Oakland parklets are all about, and you can enter a raffle for great Oakland prizes. See below for full list of prizes.
14th Street between Broadway and Franklin St. 9:30am-2pm
Learn how we can create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. For Park(ing) Day we will be transforming a parking space into a play space, with fun games and pedal powered smoothies.
One of, if not the, first permanent parklet for Oakland! The parklet is under construction now and will be close to complete by Park(ing) Day. Support their effort to build an urban oasis for the people of Oakland by visiting their kickstarter page.
3400 Fruitvale Ave, opposite Peet’s Coffee. 9am to 3pm
Featuring: Promotion of Dimond’s 5th Annual Oaktoberfest (October 6) and review of recent DIA accomplishments (Dimond Transit Plaza and bikeways on MacArthur and Fruitvale). We will also have historical images of the original Dimond Beer Garden. (Note that no beer will be served in the Parklet).
Sessa and Wadlund’s parklet will offer a design library resource center where visitors can access garden design and architecture books. We will also provide drafting and coloring materials to help visitors’ design ideas become fully realized. Couch seating to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee will also be available.
A temporary parklet where the 40th Street Parklet will soon be constructed (coming in October). Stop by to check out their parklet plans. Grab a cup of coffee and pick up some bike gear while you’re there. Learn more about plans for the 40th Street Parklet.
Art In is Coffee brings their art/coffee cart into the parklet of the 25th Street Collective. Stop by for delicious coffee and tea. Enjoy the art for local artists. Feel free to bring a musical instrument to serenade the parklet.
Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event when people transform a typical on-street parking space into a temporary mini-park or plaza for a few hours on a Friday afternoon. The project began in 2005 when Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of San Francisco that is underserved by public open space. Since then, it has grown as an “open source” project into a world wide event on the Third Friday in September. Although many installations go with the basic “tree-bench-sod,” the idea has been adapted to address a variety of social issues in diverse urban contexts around the world. Park(ing) Day is one of the inspirations for the parklets that have been created in cities from San Francisco to New York and that are in the pilot stage here in Oakland.
Participants have built interventions ranging from free health clinics, urban farming and ecology demonstrations, political seminars, art installations, free bike repair shops and even a wedding ceremony! Click through the presentation above or check out more photos on flickr in the WorldParkingDay pool.
Park(ing) Day in Oakland
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland has promoted Park(ing) Day and organized spaces since 2010, but individual groups and businesses have been participating in Oakland since 2008. Park(ing) Day has been a great catalyst for the growth of more permanent “parklets” around the country and last year WOBO used the event to increase demand for parklets and catalyze the City to create a pilot parklet program in Oakland. Many of the pilot parklet applicants had participated in Park(ing) Day in the past.
This year, Park(ing) Day is a great opportunity to highlight the new parklet program (hopefully with actual parklets on the ground), and promote the new program to businesses and neighborhoods that have not yet heard of it or participated in the past – specifically neighborhoods outside of North and Downtown Oakland and Lakeshore.
Join the fun!
Come to the Park(ing) Day volunteer meeting August 9 to help us plan the best Park(ing) Day yet! RSVP here.