Parking Day (Park(ing) Day) is an annual event where citizens can reclaim parking spaces by transforming them into temporary public spaces. As part of our mission is to support a robust downtown Jefferson Park, we are opting into participating in Park(ing) Day. For additional information, see below and at our dedicated Facebook page.
What is Park(ing) Day?
It really is a global event where citizens can take back the streets for one day. Why do this? In part to show just how much of our community’s space is being taken up by the movement and storage of vehicles. In part to highlight issues of pedestrian safety and other users of the street. Think of how wide Milwaukee Avenue is north of downtown Jeff Park. Think of all the parking lots that have no productive value in our neighborhood. Park(ing) Day is a way to highlight the range of possible activities that can be done instead on a piece of real estate otherwise devoted to cars.
So how does it work?
Simple. JPF rents a parking space. We will literally pay the parking meter all day long. In this sense, we’re leasing the right to occupy the road. But we won’t be parking there with a car. No, we will be looking to camp out. Think of camp chairs, lawn games, (can we bring a grill?), all manner of human activity.
Cool. I’m interested. When is it and where?
We will be participating in the 2017 Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 15. We will be paying the meters in front of the Jefferson Park Transit Center on Milwaukee Avenue across from Gale Street Inn. We will be out all day, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.