Applications now open for Calgary’s 5th annual PARK(ing) Day

Jul 17 2020, 9:55 am

Calgary’s fifth annual PARK(ing) Day is around the corner, and applications to participate in this unique contest of creativity are now being accepted by the City of Calgary.

The annual event, which will take place from September 18 to 20, was initially started in 2005 in San Francisco as a way of repurposing under-utilized land, like parking spaces, at nominal costs.

The purpose of International Park(ing) Day is to transform parking spaces around the globe into parks, playgrounds, BBQ parties, and even gardens, thereby creating opportunities for community interaction and conversation.

Given the current restraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be a little different than usual. Instead of having all the revamped parking stalls in one area, they will be spaced out throughout the city.

Those who apply to participate will be able to choose their own locations, though they must be unrestricted parking stalls, and if they are located in front of a business the applicant will need to contact the business to gain their support.

These parking spots will be remodelled into interactive exhibits in the morning of Friday, September 18, and awards will be given out for most creative, most colourful, judge’s choice, and people’s favourite.

The best part about this event is that you don’t have to participate in order to visit and enjoy the various innovative creations.

While anyone can be part of the fun, participants are encouraged to submit an application by August 21 as space is limited.

More information on PARK(ing) Day stall design guidelines, submission rules, how you can participate, and the application form are all available here.

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