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Applications now open for Calgary’s 4th annual PARK(ing) Day

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Lakshmi Sadhu Jul 11, 2019 3:14 pm 269

Calgary’s fourth 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 international event, which will take place on September 20, was initially started in 2005 in San Francisco as a way of repurposing under-utilized land, like parking spaces, at nominal costs.

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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.

“We are encouraging Calgarians to participate in this around-the-globe initiative and transform more than a dozen parking stalls along Kensington Road into livable and creative spaces,” said Kate Zago, city planner, in a press release.

For the first time this year, the city is partnering up with the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects in order to grant PARK(ing) day participants with awards for most creative, most colourful, most interactive, judge’s choice, and people’s favourite.

The event will take place in place in Kensington, along Kensington Road NW and Kensington Crescent NW, from noon to 6 pm.

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Kensington Road NW and Kensington Crescent NW (City of Calgary)

The event involves the temporary closure of several parking spots, all of which will be remodelled into interactive exhibits.

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 14 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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