City of Cambridge to Celebrate PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 20

The Event Converts Metered Parking Spaces into Temporary Parks to Promote Urban Space Awareness

Cambridge, MA, September 11, 2019 – On Friday, September 20, 2019, over 85 City departments, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses will participate in the City of Cambridge’s eighth annual PARK(ing) Day celebration, turning metered parking spaces into temporary parks and activity hubs. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the value of urban space and to generate thoughtful debate about how public space is created and allocated.

“PARK(ing) Day is a creative way for the community to come together for a day of fun activities while raising awareness about urban infrastructure,” says Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager for Community Development. “In addition to learning about participating organizations, PARK(ing) Day offers an opportunity for Cambridge residents, workers, and visitors to think about how urban open space is currently utilized and how it can be improved to create a safer, healthier city for all ages and abilities.”

155 parking spaces throughout Cambridge will transform into miniature parks and activity hubs. Features include:
A public safety extravaganza, information about composting & waste reduction, Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) outdoor studio, book shares, and health lessons in Central Square
Lawn games, trampolines, yoga, Parkour, live music, Vision Zero information, Bluebikes Income Eligible Program registration, and a mini house in Kendall Square
Music, arts and crafts, poetry, office hours with elected officials, voter registration, and a parade in Harvard Square
An outdoor gym, reading space, art, games, and office hours with elected officials in Porter Square
Bus & Bike Priority Lanes along Mass Ave from Porter to Rindge Ave.

The celebration will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; most spots will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Metered parking will be affected in the aforementioned areas between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019.

For a comprehensive list of participants and a map of activity locations, visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/parkingday

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