Thursday, September 17, 2009

PARK(ing) Day at UIC: Tomorrow 9/18!

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On Friday, September 18th students from the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, the Urban and Public Affairs Undergraduate Program, the Urban Planning and Policy Student Association (UPPSA), and the Office of Sustainability have collaborated to transform two metered parking spots into miniature parks on the UIC Campus. Students and passersby are invited to use the parks located in Parking Lot 4 at the corner of Halsted Street and Polk Street to the east of Student Center East. Take time to play some bocce ball, toss some bags, challenge someone to a chess match, or just lounge in the landscaped setting. PARK(ing) Day was first conceived of by an art and design studio named Rebar out of San Francisco to invite civic participation in shaping our public space, and to question how we are using our public streets. In particular it intends to get people thinking about how much of our public landscape is dedicating to parking and automobile use. This is the inaugural year of PARK(ing) Day on campus, but it is a national and global event. In 2008 there were more than 500 Park installations in over 100 cities on 4 continents. At UIC, students came together to gather up needed materials and design two spaces. In addition, two landscaping firms, Countryside Industries and Midwest Groundcovers generously supplied plants and landscaping materials.

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