PARK(ing) Day 2016 Reaches More Than Half a Million

ASLA writ large: Seamon, Whiteside & Associates, Inc., an engineering / landscape architecture firm with multiple offices South Carolina, sends a message.

On September 16, ASLA members celebrated PARK(ing) Day. This annual, open-source event encourages landscape architects and designers of all types to transform metered parking spaces into temporary miniature parks, or parklets.

PARK(ing) Day exemplifies how a designed public space, even as small as a parking spot, can benefit a community. Some of ASLA’s members showed us we could use a parking space to have a concert, play a game or just relax.

We asked our members to share pictures from their PARK(ing) Day events with #ASLAPD16. Throughout the day, 276 users posted 769 times with the hashtag, which ultimately reached more than 570,000 people. In a single day, the parklets from ASLA’s membership alone demonstrated the value of designed public space on social media to a half of a million people on social media and countless more in person.

(Front-page image, pop-up park by Mahan Rykiel, Baltimore)

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