Saturday, September 20, 2008

(park)ing day

This event has been happening for a few years now, but I know that plenty of you haven't heard about it yet. It's a creative way to make a statement about the need for green space in our cities.

I just got this update on Chicago locations from Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail: Please join The Trust for Public Land this Friday, September 19, 2008 for National Park(ing) Day. For the 2nd year in a row, TPL will be hosting a 1-day-only “park” next to the future Bloomingdale Trail, on the 1800 block of N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Bloomingdale Trail will be Chicago’s 1st, and the world’s 3rd, linear park converted from an elevated train line.

Here is the current list of the various Park(ing) Day sites taking place in the Chicago area. All except the last are in Chicago.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, 1350 W. Belmont Ave. (Lakeview): 9am-3pm
CB Richard Ellis, (Walton Place) West of Michigan (Near North): 8am-1pm
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation , 9 W. Hubbard St. (Near North): 7am-7pm
Method Home Products , 2034 N. Halsted (Lincoln Park): 7am-7pm
The Trust for Public Land, 1801 N. Milwaukee (Bucktown): 6am-1pm
City of Waukegan, Madison St. (West of Genessee), Waukegan: 8am-2pm

Notes added later:
And here are LOTS of pictures from yesterday's event, from Perth Australia to Portland (Oregon and Maine) to Manhattan to Florida, and lots of other locations. I was disappointed that the CBF park was NOT at the advertised location in River North. It was at Boulevard Bikes in Logan Square instead. Last's year's location in East Pilsen was very cool. I hope that next year will see a revival of that spot.

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