Students get early spots for PARK(ing) Day
September 16, 2010 5:07 PM
SF State put on their second annual PARK(ing) Day on Sept. 16 to raise awareness of the advantages that more public spaces can create.
Design and Industry students, along with students from other SF State organizations, turned five different parking spaces into temporary parks.
With venues in Centennial Walkway, Tapia Drive, Holloway Avenue, the quad and the fifth level of the parking structure, students and faculty were able to experience parking structures as areas of recreation and fun.
"It's a statement," senior Kyle Kryska said. "It's a worldwide statement that one day we can reclaim these parking spaces for public use."
SF State observed the event a day before international recognition on Sept. 17, which will take place throughout San Francisco and in cities around the world.
Their mission was to inspire people to consider different forms of transportation that do not take up public space.
The project originally 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 then, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement.
"There are so many rules in the city that say 'don't do this' and 'don't do that,'" senior Robert Schramm said. "The focus should be on the city and the people who live within it."
The design and industry department, campus services and academic technology have been working along with other programs and services since the beginning of the semester to prepare for this day.
Five PARK(ing) Day observance stations were set up all across campus, each having different themes. One included bird watching, in which the design department set up small trees and fake birds, symbolically giving observers the ability to watch birds in a parking area.
A second theme titled "Movie Night in the Park" involved a projection screen with a tent playing Creative Commons Licensing films such as "Sita Sings the Blues."
The theme that seemed to draw the most attention, however, was the "Car in the Park" spot, located in the quad. A car, designed by student Kate Collett, was made out of used cardboard and old vehicle parts.
"We wanted to create an opposite effect between a park and a parking lot," Collett said. "So we decided to turn the grass into a parking lot."
Participants of PARK(ing) Day were asked to commit at least one day to either carpool, bike, walk or take public transit to school and work.
"We want to recreate the spaces by promoting sustainability awareness," ASI student representative Melisa Bautista said. "It affects us on a global, social and economic level."
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