Eyes on the Street: Denver Park(ing) Day 2015 in Pictures
Once a year, Park(ing) Day offers a glimpse of what streets might look like if cities reallocated public space that’s usually reserved for automobiles to benefit people. Today is that day. So Denverites took to the streets and temporarily transformed metered parking spots into outdoor living rooms, game rooms, dining rooms — places to interact with one another.
And guess what? The city didn’t fall apart. Instead the miniature parks (“parklets”) displayed the potential for the underutilized public land usually reserved for parking cars and trucks.
Ironically, taking over a metered space for humans costs $25 for 14 hours downtown — more than it would cost to park a machine there for the same amount of time.
Enjoy these scenes from today’s Park(ing) Day. Thanks to CU Denver researchers Jenny Niemann and Madeline Keating for helping to organize successful pop-ups, and to Robby Long for documenting the day.
For more creative Park(ing) Day examples from other cities, check out Streetsblog USA.