PLACE Workshop participated in the Cincinnati 2012 Park(ing) Day. The landscape architecture and urban design firm decided to honor their hometown baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. The “Great American Small Park” was modeled after the World Series Trophy in anticipation of a strong playoff push this October by the Redlegs. The Park(ing) spot was created in front of PLACE Workshop’s office located at 116 East 13th Street in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. Freshly popped corn was served much to the enjoyment of children and adults alike.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to transform metered parking spaces temporarily into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project 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 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat… at least until the meter runs out! (From http://parkingday.org)