RIASLA & AIAri help bring the first official, city-wide celebration of PARK(ing) Day to Providence Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, (RIASLA) and the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAri), are working together and collaborating with the City of Providence Downtown Improvement District to bring the first official, city-wide celebration of PARK(ing) Day to Providence Rhode Island.
The PARK(ing) Day event, now celebrated internationally, is always held on the third Friday of September, rain or shine. This year, the event will take place on Friday September 20th, in downtown Providence. This annual event brings together artists, designers and citizens to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks known as Parklets. PARK(ing) Day Providence will include approximately 15 Parklets located at key points within the downtown area, with other Parklets located throughout the city. The Parklet designers will work with local businesses, bringing enthusiasm and energy to the area, while being sensitive to the needs of the shopkeepers and their customers. Through Parklet sponsorships, Individual parking meter revenue will be accounted for on that day.

Originating in 2005, PARK(ing) Day was initiated by Rebar Art & Design Studio. Rebar is an interdisciplinary design firm in San Francisco that combines art, design activism and ecology, creating objects spaces, and ideas that inspire people to re-imagine the environment and our place in it.

PARK(ing) Day is now an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. During the 2011 International PARK(ing) Day event, 162 cities in 35 countries participated, resulting in the creation of 975 Parklets. This trend is part of the new urbanism movement, which promotes walkable neighborhoods as well as other quality-of-life issues in urban living. PARK(ing) Day celebrates and strengthens our connection with nature, our sense of community, and enhances the overall public awareness about the importance of including green space in our urban environment.

For more information about the 2013 PARK(ing) Day Providence event, contact:
Jenn Judge RIASLA email: gravellyghilldg@yahoo.com phone: 401.465.8282
Vada Seccareccia AIAri email: vada@unionstudioarch.com phone: 401.272.4724
Kurt Van Dexter RIASLA email: kurtvandexter@gmail.com phone: 401.837.2215


About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.

About AIA
Founded in 1875, AIA Rhode Island, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is an organization of architectural design professionals dedicated to enhancing the quality of our built environment, and thereby the quality of life. To find out more, visit http://www.aia-ri.org .