PARKing Day Friday 20 September

As part of the Festival of Architecture, car parks across Tāmaki Makaurau will be playfully reimagined by architects, designers, businesses and community groups, transforming the tarmac into interactive, engaging and people-centred public spaces.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event aimed at raising awareness of the important role that public open space plays in improving the quality of our lives. The day started in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then it has evolved into a global movement, with organisations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public spaces in urban settings throughout the world.

This year in Auckland there will be about 40 temporary parklets set up across the central city, Devonport, Henderson, Panmure and Takapuna. From bike lounges and architectural interventions, to an outdoor knitting-yoga class, a skip bin half-pipe and a kiwi campsite, there’ll be plenty of urban transformations to discover.

Check out this live map of participants’ locations and keep your eyes peeled for other installations that may just ‘pop’ up!

Images are from 2018 PARK[ing] Day installations in Auckland City and Devonport

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