Wichita will join cities around the world Friday in an annual event called PARK(ing) Day.
The event is an opportunity for citizens, artists and businesses to convert parking spaces into temporary public places for a day. The Wichita Eagle and 11 other businesses along Douglas, from Sycamore to Hillside, will convert parking spots into public spaces from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The Wichita Eagle’s site will have activities, giveaways, and a photo opportunity for people to pose as the main story of The Eagle’s front page.
Other locations include: Bicycle X-Change; Bungalow 26; the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park; Kansas Leadership Center; Wichita Downtown Development Corporation; Barleycorn's; Handpicked Los Angeles; The Spice Merchant, in collaboration with The Workroom; MakeICT; Reverie Coffee, in collaboration with Bike Walk Wichita; and the Crown Uptown Theater, in collaboration with Wichita Wood Floor.
Nationally, PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when a downtown design studio in San Francisco converted a metered parking space into a temporary public park. Since then, the day evolved into an annual celebration – this year on Sept. 23.
This is the first year Wichita will be added to the map of PARK(ing) Day locations.
The Wichita Community Foundation funded the project and a newly-formed urban design group called Yellowbrick Street Team organized the event in partnership with Bike Walk Wichita.
Those organizations led permitting efforts with the city. Friday afternoon, city officials will visit each site to judge the spaces for the best design and most creative spots.
Come stop by The Wichita Eagle’s site at 825 E. Douglas, and post your photos with the hashtag #ParkingDayTheEagleWay on The Eagle’s Facebook (facebook.com/wichitaeagle/) and Twitter (twitter.com/kansasdotcom).