On Friday, September 20th, over 20 Richmond design, architecture, creative firms, and artists will participate in the global event called Park(ing) Day. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is an annual celebration of public space in the city in which people independently but simultaneously turn parking spots into temporary public parks, art installations and other creative uses of space for others to enjoy.
Venture Richmond – the downtown leadership organization – is coordinating this year’s Park(ing) Day event, including a design/build competition to be judged by a panel of notable Richmonders. The person, organization, or business associated with the winning pop-up park for Park(ing) Day will have the opportunity to take their urban park to the next level by partnering with Venture Richmond and the City of Richmond on the creation of a more permanent parklet installation in the downtown area for people to use every day of the year.
The 20+ pop-up parks in Richmond will be ready for visits by the public by 9:00 a.m. and will remain open until about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20. The judging will take place between 10:30 a.m. and noon, and the winners will be announced at a happy hour and awards ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. at Bar Solita in the downtown Arts District.
“Venture Richmond is really excited to be taking the lead on coordinating Park(ing) Day in RVA this year,” said Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking, Max Hepp-Buchanan. “For us, the opportunity to activate our downtown streets with mini-parks for the day, while simultaneously raising awareness of and promoting the City of Richmond’s parklet program was something we just couldn’t pass up. We look forward to working with the City of Richmond and some of our participants in the near future to install permanent parklets, adding more public space to our increasingly vibrant downtown streets.”
An interactive map showing all Park(ing) Day locations can be found below.