Landscape architecture students will convert two parking spaces into temporary parks on Friday, Sept. 16, as part of a national campaign to promote open spaces in urban environments.
Park(ing) Day was first held in San Francisco in 2005 by an organization called Rebar, which had the idea to transform metered parking spaces around the world into miniature parks for one day. The organization welcomed artists, activists and citizens to join the cause and help create beautiful oases of green space in urban environments.
PhilaU students have participated in Park(ing) Day in the past, and this year they plan to transform two parking spots at the intersection of Midvale Avenue and Ridge Avenue in East Falls. PhilaU students will be one of 30 volunteer groups to create temporary parks throughout Philadelphia on Park(ing) Day. All of the parks will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.
“Philadelphia University’s theme for the park will be ‘Alternate Transportation’ and ‘Green Streets,’” said Susan Mattison, adjunct professor of landscape architecture. “Sixteen landscape architecture students have signed up for the park, and the effort will be led by the American Society of Landscape Architects Club President Tom Mahone and Vice President Mike Hill.”
Other students working on the project are Alex Batten, Dylan Boyer, Kyle Dowdy, Emma Haley, Ryan Harms, Tim Linehan, Chris Lousos, Chris Martorana, T.J. McIntyre, Matt Michelson, Vanessa Miller, Ian Schieve, Alyssa Tullar and Joe Young.
“These temporary parks draw in the urban community and create a positive interaction with everyone who visits the parks,” Mattison said. The University community is invited to see the one-day park when it is complete. The park will be located near the East Falls Development Corp. office at 3728A Midvale Ave. near Ridge Avenue.