For Immediate Release,
Local groups hope to educate about urban revitalization through national event
September 21, 2018
Join us on September 21st, 2018 for National Park(ing) Day! The event will be in downtown Daytona Beach on the Beach Street in a collaborative effort between the City, downtown redeveloper Jack White Land Co., engineering and planning firm Lassiter Transportation Group (LTG, Inc.), the Surf Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA), and the Atlantic Coast Section of American Planning Association (APA). There will be a series of Parklet installations outside your favorite Beach Street restaurants and shops with activities for all ages.
What are Parklets and what is Park(ing) Day?
The concept started in a parking space in San Francisco. A few friends staged an impromptu park installation with a lawn, tree, park bench, and fence. Essentially, a Parklet is an extension of open space into a limited number of on-street parking spaces adjacent to the sidewalk. The goal is to create more people-oriented places. This is done by introducing seating, planting, bicycle parking, or other elements of outdoor activity. The goal is to improve public spaces by adding opportunities for people to interact more with their surrounding community, and to reinvent our often vehicle-oriented cities.
National Park(ing) Day celebrates this through an annual event in which community members, businesses, students, and designers are encouraged to be as creative as possible in transforming on-street parking spaces into temporary parklets. Join us from 11 AM to 5 PM to learn about parklets, trending urban design techniques, community revitalization projects, and to experience Daytona Beach’s Park(ing) day!