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PARK(ing) Day around the U.S.

Yes, that is a piano in a parking spot and a putt-putt golf game next to the sidewalk.

A Park(ing) Day space near Metro Center. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

Park(ing) Day began in 2005, when a San Francisco based art studio dedicated to environmental projects set up a park for two hours in a metered space. Since then, the event has spread, with temporary parks popping up in 162 cities and 35 countries over the past seven years. Now, the third Saturday in September is designated as the day for creating temporary green space.

So what can a person create with limited time and only a small area of asphalt to work with? Check out the photos below of improvised parks in D.C. and around the world.

Whip up a quick treat (The District)

This was sooo good! MT @cmmngoodctyfarm come check out our RAW fruit pie, strawberries, honey & peaches @tommywells…

— Anne Phelps (@annephelps) September 21, 2012

Hop on a swing (Memphis)

Kerry from @ilovememphis enjoying the @archimania swing at #parkingday.…

— fijitodd (@fijitodd) September 21, 2012

Lead a yoga class (Saskatoon, Canada)

@waywardreporter doing some yoga at #parkingday #yxe…

— cthamilton (@_chamilton) September 21, 2012

Operate a bike-powered blender (Saskatoon, Canada)

Renown city planner Ken Greenberg using the bike powered blender for an afternoon snack at #parkingday #yxe…

— cthamilton (@_chamilton) September 21, 2012

Build a putt-putt golf course (San Francisco)

In front of my office! RT @trmw: Cool mini-golf Parking Day installation in front of @spur_urbanist today. #parkingday…

— Caroline Kessler (@caro_kess) September 21, 2012

Make your own furniture (Las Vegas)

Really cool pallet and fire hose furniture at #parkingday Las Vegas.…

— Kristy Totten (@kristy_tea) September 21, 2012

Put on a clown act (Caguas, Puerto Rico)

Play a supersized Jenga game (Memphis)

Life-sized Jenga at #parkingday by Self Tucker Architects and the Downtown Neighborhood Association…

— MemphisConnect (@MemphisConnect) September 21, 2012

For more photos and videos from PARK(ing) Day, check out the #parkingday hashtag on Twitter.


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