Idaho Smart Growth brings together partners to Unpave Parking Spots and Put up a Paradise for People in Celebration of PARK(ing) Day 2019.
Parking spaces along 8th, 9th and Main streets in downtown Boise, and around the globe, to be reclaimed and turned into temporary public “PARKs” for people on Friday, September 20, 2019.
With streets making up on average more than 80% of public space in our cities, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. Several organizations are teaming up this year to create parklets in downtown Boise. We invite people to drop by and visit these fun spaces on Friday, September 20th.
Video from PARK(ing) Day 2018 in Boise.
Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, AARP and American Heart Association will take over five parking spots on 8th Street between Idaho and Bannock. These organizations are joining together to make one large park that will feature games such as bocce ball and ladder golf, as well as areas to sit in and relax amongst plants and trees provided by North End Organic Nursery.
DL Evans Bank is teaming up with Stack Rock Group and Erstad Architects on 9th Street between Idaho and Main. This parklet will feature live performances by Opera Idaho during the lunch hour. Energize Boise will be on Main Street outside of City Hall with coffee and games, and Cole Architects will re-purpose recycled materials to transform spaces in front of their office on Main Street between 10th and 11th.
These temporary open spaces, which will be installed in parking spots, will be open to all who pass by to stop and enjoy. Participating organizations look forward to creating spaces for everyone to enjoy on one of the last days of summer.
“Parklets are a great way for people to rethink our public space and think about how we can develop our streets for greater public good,” said Deanna Smith, project coordinator for Idaho Smart Growth. “We invite everyone to join in the fun and visit all the locations! With support from the Idaho REALTORS®, we will have maps and information available at each location to help you find your way to visit all the downtown Boise locations.”
“Streets are for people too! We hope to call attention to the way our streets are improved when we share them and highlight the need for more urban open spaces,” said Cynthia Gibson, executive director of Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. “We chose 8th Street for our ‘PARK’ because it is such a fantastic example of how access for cyclists and pedestrians helps create a healthy and vibrant community. This access even boosts communities’ bottom lines because nonmotorized transportation facilities provide tangible economic benefits. It’s just good for business.”
“Opera Idaho is looking forward to performing at DL Evans’ parklet as part of our initiative to grow the boundaries of our art form by performing in alternative venues and spaces throughout the city. This is a perfect opportunity to bring beautiful music to the streets and to provide members of the community a moment of reprieve from their busy lives to enjoy one of the many great artistic offerings in our city,” said Stephanie Derentz, director of development and marketing for Opera Idaho.
“Showing people how to think differently about the space we dedicate solely to cars is a great way to get them thinking about walking, biking and public transit,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. “Events like PARK(ing) Day are a fantastic companion to the city of Boise’s Keep Boise Moving initiative and its goal of reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips by 10 percent by 2029.”
WHEN & WHERE:
Friday, September 20, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Main Street in downtown Boise at the corner of Capitol Boulevard in front of City Hall, hosted by Energize Boise.
- The Energize our Neighborhoods parklet will focus on encouraging people to consider alternative transportation options. They will have trivia with some awesome prizes and free coffee in the morning. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and learn about the city’s strategy to Keep Boise Moving! There will be also be music and games on the plaza from 12:00 to 1:30.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 9th Street in downtown Boise between Main and Idaho streets hosted by DL Evans Bank, Stack Rock Group and erstad Architects.
- DL Evans Bank, Stack Rock Group and Erstad Architects will turn a quarter block into a park for the day to illustrate how our streets could be more human centered and provide places to gather and enjoy one another or just be outside. Opera Idaho will join them during the lunch hour and perform for ‘PARK’ visitors.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 8th Street in downtown Boise between Idaho and Bannock streets hosted by Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, American Heart Association and AARP.
- The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance ‘PARK’ will be similar to the one last year, featuring greenery and sitting areas where visitors can stop by to chat or just sit and relax.
- The American Heart Association ‘PARK’ concept will star a little red bench where people will be invited to share their “why” by explaining the moments, people or experiences that motivate them to live healthier lives. ‘PARK’ visitors will also be able to win tchotchkes by participating in a physical challenge.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Main Street in downtown Boise between 10th and 11th streets, hosted by Cole Architects.
- Cole Architects is excited to be part of an event that reclaims the street back for people! For their park, they’ve designed a cozy and unique space re-purposing recycled materials from all around town. They will integrate these into a functional design that blends architecture and landscaping into a playful design. Stop by and experience their park surrounded by live plants and trees!
Special thank you to Idaho REALTORS® for helping make this event possible!