For Immediate Release
Wilmington NC – On Friday, September 20, the international event known as PARK(ing) Day will be celebrated in Wilmington for the sixth time. Over 20 interactive parks and displays will appear on city streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as artists, activists, planners, local businesses, and creative citizens will take over metered parking spots to promote green and pedestrian-friendly urban spaces.
Contained within the confines of an on-street parking space, participating groups will install pop-up displays to serve as a temporary park or gathering spot for everyone to enjoy. Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) is sponsoring the event. Each parking space is being rented from the City and a variety of displays will be erected.
“PARK(ing) Day provides a creative way to re-image space dedicated to cars to instead focus on people,” said Ed Wolverton, WDI’s President. “This will feature a variety of local organizations and businesses and the displays are sure to be interesting for Downtown workers, shoppers, residents and visitors,” he said.
Displays will be installed along Front Street with public viewing ready at 11 a.m. Participating businesses and organizations include: the Cape Fear Museum, Arboretum and Library, CFCC sustainable Design and Construction, Music Bird Studios, Historic Wilmington Foundation/Legacy Salvage, Cape Fear Community College, Switchin Gears, New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation, Full Belly Project, New Hanover County Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Coalition, New Hanover County Parks, WAVE Transit, New Hanover County Personal Health Services, Outdoor Equipped, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and NC Cooperative Extension and the Ability Garden.
In addition to all the groups installing displays, other area businesses are also part of the PARK(ing) Day effort. Lowe’s Home Improvement Store on College Road are lending plants and other landscaping materials to help with the displays.
PARKing Day is limited to 30 on-street spaces. A few spaces remain available if a group or organization wants to participate. Each organization is must pay the fee for the meter and installing its own display. Previous displays include landscaped meeting areas, a makeshift mini-golf course, an interactive art studio and other similar activities.
PARK(ing) Day was founded in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, to raise awareness of the need for more open space in urban settings. Visit international PARK(ing) Day event for more information.
Visit participating groups and their locations for a list of participating groups and their locations.
Stephen Whitney, WDI Board Member and Chair of Dream Committee
Phone: (585) 469-9172
Ed Wolverton, WDI President