PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where citizens transform metered spaces into parks.
On November 16, 2005, San Francisco design studio Rebar pioneered a concept that would become a growing worldwide movement: they paid two hours on a parking meter and erected a park (complete with grass, a bench, and a tree) in the allotted space. During the two hours of Rebar's "lease" on the downtown parking space, passersby were free to loll in the park and enjoy the sun. Once the meter's time was up, Rebar rolled up their sod, dusted off the parking space, and went on their way. The Internet did the rest: a photo of Rebar's project went viral, eliciting requests from all over the world for a re-do of the project in other cities. In response, Rebar created a how-to manual and encouraged people to adapt the idea to the needs of their own communities. Last year, 975 temporary parks — which hosted everything from art installations and bike repair shops to a nuptial — cropped up in 162 cities in 35 countries. This year, stake out your parking space and get in on the action with your own brilliant idea. Don't forget to bring coins for the meter.