PARK(ing) Day: Reclaiming urban space, one bay at a time

loading Creative installation during (PARK)ing Day in San Francisco, US.

This September, expect a few creative (and possibly quirky) parking bays in George Town as Penangites reclaim their urban spaces.

It began in 2005 when Rebar, an art and design studio, converted a single-metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then, PARK(ing) Day has gained an international following with thousands of people around the globe working independently but guided by a common set of core principles: to collaborate and transform parking bays into temporary public spaces such as small parks, outdoor living rooms, gardens and even libraries. Last year, as many as 975 parks were created on PARK(ing) Day in 162 cities from 35 countries across six continents.

And this year, on September 19, Penang gears up to join in the fun for the very first time.

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