Each year, on the third Friday in September, people take over parking spaces and turn them into “parklets.” Empty asphalt blocks are transformed with plants, benches, shade structures, music, art, and so much more. This annual event is an opportunity to explore ways to take back our streets and foster spaces that benefit people, not just cars. It’s a time to reimagine how our built environments can be shaped to promote healthy, happy communities.
Public spaces and environments greatly impact the citizens that inhabit them, and how we use our spaces can have lasting effects on many aspects of our lives. Park(ing) Day shines light on the need for a more integrative approach when developing our streets and public spaces. Placemaking is extremely valuable to a city's culture, health, and future. Turning a parking space into a personal, human-scale oasis shows the potential of how a street can impact a community. On this day, we can come together to celebrate community and what it means to truly enjoy the city we live in.
Phoenix and surrounding areas need to take steps toward diversifying land use and supporting thoughtful design for streets, parks, and other public areas. Park(ing) Day helps highlight just how much good a small green space can do, and offers creative solutions and ideas for cities across the globe.
Though Pinnacle Prevention will not be able to participate this year, we encourage everyone to bring your brilliant ideas and create your own “parklet” this Friday! Past creations have included, yoga parks, music parks, art parks, farm-to-table parks and much more. For more details and to learn how to get involved, visit the event page.