Park(ing) Day poster

Park(ing) Day poster

Peaceful civil action is happening in Newtown this Saturday 21st September to celebrate Park(ing) Day – started in 2005 in San Francisco with a single metered parking space transformed into a temporary public park.  The event has grown to include 162 cities in 35 countries.  Now it is Newtown’s turn.

This event is where residents transform parking spots into temporary green spaces to highlight the need for more urban green space to improve livability.  With Marrickville municipality having the dubious honour of having the least green space in the whole of Australia, this event has great meaning.

Newtown organizer, Nic Lowe (GoGet car-sharing founder) & local residents will create a ‘parklet’ & have a good time.  There will be synthetic turf (a big topic in the LGA these days), hay bales, gnomes. seating & umbrellas to keep the sun off your face, plus live performances throughout the day.  There will also be Twister & a ‘Before I Die’ wall where you can write your contribution in chalk.

Christopher Thé of Blackstar Pastry said in a media release –  “My longterm goal is to get the footpath widened.  We’ve been here for five years & we do our bit to keep things compact & safe. But it’s time Council reconsidered the community needs….to look laterally & think about some new uses for old spaces.”

More than one thousand parklets will be created across Australia with one being in Newtown.  It should be fun.

WHEN:  From 7am this Saturday 21st September

WHERE:  In front of Blackstar Pastry, 277 Australia Street Newtown.