PARK(ing) Day event creates street-side pedestrian public spaces in Oklahoma City.

Event transforms parking spots into temporary public parks. The effort to include Oklahoma City in PARK(ing) Day 2013 is led by Better Block OKC.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 19, 2013

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.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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Parklet locations

Automobile Alley: 807 N Broadway in front of Plenty Mercantile and 1015 N Broadway in front of Coffee Slingers;

Bricktown: 120 E Sheridan, just west of Nonna's;

Central Business District: the corner of Park and Robinson, just north of Park Ave. on the east side of Leadership Square;

Film Row: 624 W Sheridan Ave in front of Computerized Business Solutions, 7 N Lee in front if The Hub, and 609 W Sheridan in front of Dunlap Codding;

H&8th: 815 N Hudson in front of Elemental Coffee;

Plaza District: 1708 NW 16 in front of RetrOkc;

Uptown 23rd: 317 NW 23 in front of Grandad's.

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