Sep 13, 2016
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PARK(ing) Day, an event celebrated worldwide that transforms parking spots in urban areas into green spaces for a day, is returning to Richmond this Friday.

The event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of Kaleidoscope Coffee at 109 Park Place, according to officials with Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

A parking area will become a green space that includes activities and resources regarding parks and recreation.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to bring a small representation of the parks to the people in urban areas and highlight some our lesser known parks and programs throughout the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area,” NPS officials said.

Last year, PARK(ing) Day was held at 12264 San Pablo Ave., between Wendy’s restaurant and William’s Natural Foods (the above photo was captured at the event by NPS.).

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio converted a metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. The idea — which was a call for more urban open space — has evolved into a movement with similar concepts being used in communities throughout the world.

PARK(ing) Day is  celebrated on the third Friday in September.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.