Cities across world to celebrate 'Parking Day'

September 15, 2011 5:59:18 PM PDT
Friday September 16 is "Parking Day" and no, that does not mean people get to park for free.

It is actually a global phenomenon that started in San Francisco. It is the brainchild of "Rebar," an urban design group that was tried to test its latest idea outside its Mission District studio Thursday.

Rebar will be rolling out their creation made of seven yoga balls for seating, playing or... whatever. The goal is to take over parking spots in cities and convert them into small recreational areas, if just for one day.

"The amount of parking space in any given city that is used by the automobile is unsustainable and we need to find new ways to use public space to make cities more hospitable to people," Matt Passmore explained.

183 cities in 30 countries will join in on Parking day including San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Walnut Creek.

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