On Friday, September 21st from Noon until 7:00pm, residents of Woodstock can participate in PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Woodstock will be the first city ever in Georgia to participate! Local non–profit volunteer organization GROW (Green.Reaps.Opportunities for Woodstock) from the Main Street Woodstock organization will GROW a park in Downtown Woodstock on Main Street at the pedestrian crossing at the railroad tracks near Canyon Burgers, Pure Taqueria, and Woodstock Art & Glass. GROW will take you to the world of the Mad Hatter Tea Party as they celebrate recycling through Reuse.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco.
Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. In 2011, PARK(ing) Day had 975 parks in 162 cities in 35 countries and 6 continents.
You can find out more about GROW and the Parking Day 2012 event on their Facebook page, or by calling 770-592-6056.