Better Block OKC is launching yet another urban experiment, this time establishing curbside “parklets” as it joins the national “PARK(ing) Day” effort to create street-side pedestrian public spaces.
Ashley Terry, a coordinator for the event, said seven spots will be transformed for Friday's parklets, which will consist of temporary public parks that will provide visitors with landscaped gaming and seating areas.
“PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks, a way to call attention to the need for more urban open space,” Terry said. “Oklahoma City will participate in the movement for the first time, joining 162 cities in 35 different countries.”
The concept was invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, with the goal of generating discussion about the creation and allocation of public space, as well as improving the overall quality of urban human habitat.
The effort to include Oklahoma City in PARK(ing) Day 2013 is led by Better Block OKC, the volunteer organization responsible for bringing the Better Block urban planning effort with previous efforts at NW 7 and Hudson Avenue and the Farmers Market District. During both events, Better Block OKC demonstrated the parklet concept.