What an amazing idea. I wish I had known about his event so that I could have stopped by for the day. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next event. I think that it is amazing that the city of Oakland is allowing people to put on events such as this one. If you want to see a video covering parts of the event, click on the link for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland below and scroll down.
“Parking downtown is often frustrating, but one driver looking for parking near the bar Penelope on 12th Street must have been especially confused Friday, when he found the last spot on the block taken—not by another car, but by a couch and a makeshift coffee table, on top of a bright green swath of Astroturf.
With the help of Penelope and five other local businesses, cycling advocates celebrated PARK(ing) Day on Friday by converting parking spaces like the one on 12th Street into tiny parks—all while feeding the meter, of course. The temporary green spaces, or “parklets,” which sprang up on streets in Oakland and other cities around the world, were meant to show what cities might look like with more space for people and less for cars.
Organized by cycling advocacy groups Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Oakland’s parklets dotted the city with bits of green space—at least technically. Each parklet was built on a foundation of artificial green turf, but most included real potted plants, as well as some kind of furniture to entice visitors to linger.”