PARKing Day is a very cool initiative that asks the question “What should public space be used for?” Does it make more sense to build parks, or parking spaces? While Seattle does a pretty good job of having both, PARKing Day has become an international event to encourage a re-thinking of our urban greenspaces.
I set up our spot in conjunction with Isaac Cohen of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance in front on of Molly Moon’s on Capitol Hill (and boy was it nice to smell the waffle cones all day). We had some green blankets and Astroturf on the ground, courtesy of PAWS, as well as a giant chessboard, potted plants, deck chairs, board games, candy, and coloring books. Lots of people stopped by, and a few stayed to play some vigorous games of subjective Guess Who (my new favorite) or chess, and to lounge around on Tara’s now infamous and amazingly comfortable blue chairs.