Small Spaces, Big Ideas: PARK(ing) Day 2017 Recap
Written ByJoe Buckshon
DateSeptember 21, 2017
PARK(ing) Day, a worldwide event with an especially strong presence here in Philadelphia, rounded out its 10th year on Friday, September 15.
When we last discussed PARK(ing) Day, we told you what a parklet is, why they matter, and how they can help shape your neighborhood. Today we’re going to check in with our friends in Fishtown and all over the city to see what incredible creations were on display.
At Frankford & Belgrade, the team from Fishtown Neighbors Association (with support from Greensgrow Farms and Johnny Brenda’s) put together an amazing demonstration of how that street could become less car-centric and more equitable. On the day, they received 188 survey responses with nearly 80% of residents saying they want to see a permanent plaza in the space.
The most popular requests for amenities for a potential permanent pedestrian plaza were public seating, planters, and public art – all important to a vibrant corridor like Frankford Ave. Projects like this one are so crucial to keeping our neighborhoods safe and walkable for all residents.
Overall, PARK(ing) Day 2017 was a huge success! The participants had perfect weather, phenomenal ideas, and so much fun. We’ve made the rounds on the #ParkingDayPHL hashtag and chose some of our favorite parklets from the Philadelphia region:
We love BCJ’s work in their day jobs as uber-architects, and this parklet lives up to their stellar reputation. Bonus points for getting most of the office outside for a photo opp.
Space 1026 – Skate Park-let
A very creative concept with flawless execution (ok, some were a little sketchy) and a great reminder that multi-modal transportation is a big pillar for PARK(ing) Day.
Olin – 99 Red Balloons
Straight out of your favorite Goldfinger jam, the team from Olin set up a whimsical and Insta-friendly installation on Chestnut Street.
Sowinski Sullivan Architects – Guess Who?
Is your character talkin’ bout practice? How about writing for SNL? The Sowinski Sullivan team made us laugh out loud with their brilliant life-size version of the classic board game.
We are huge fans of tactical urbanism, and Philadelphia’s enthusiasm for this unofficial holiday fills us with hope for better land use in the future. PARK(ing) Day 2018 will be here before you know it, so start planning now!