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PARK(ing) Day to Take It to the Streets Again!

ASLA encourages everyone to share parklets on social media using #ASLAPD.

Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors and all the beautiful parks America has to offer. Many families find themselves road tripping around national parks or simply bringing family and friends together for barbecues in local green spaces. Next month, many chapters, firms, and individuals will bring the parks to them with installations around the country to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on September 18.

Each year, PARK(ing) Day takes place on the third Friday of every September, when kids are back in school—which gives adults a chance to have fun and recreate their favorite park memories. Founded in 2005, PARK(ing) Day is a global, open-sourced event during which landscape architects and other professions transform metered parking spaces into temporary, miniature parks, or parklets. ASLA has created a resource page to help members and others join the serious fun during this latest installment in ASLA’s ongoing campaign to raise public awareness of the profession.

Here are just five landscape design ideas for you to consider when creating your parklet September 18:

  • Host yoga in the park
  • Play board games
  • Stage live entertainment in a garden
  • Explore your campus
  • Design an urban space.

Regardless of where you are in the world, as you prepare to create your parklet, be sure to capture the memory, snap a photo, and share it with the American Society of Landscape Architects using the hashtag #ASLAPD! Your parklet could win a chance to be featured in a congratulatory advertisement in Landscape Architecture Magazine!

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