PARK(ing) day 2020 expanded to 10 Calgary neighbourhoods

Mayor Nenshi said the roads relaxation for city businesses to improve capacity would look something like what's done during PARKing Day in Kensington, seen here in September 2020. LIVEWIRE CALGARY FILE PHOTO

PARK(ing) Day, Calgary’s annual conversion of metered parking spaces into temporary public parks, is being expanded.

From Sept. 18 to 20, parking spaces around Calgary are being transformed into pop-up parks, art installations and urban sanctuaries by artists, designers, planners, and local community members.

It will be hosted throughout the city’s neighbourhoods and spread out over three days.

This year, PARK(ing) spaces are being transformed in the Beltline, Inglewood, Forest Lawn, Kensington, Crescent Heights and the East Village. You can find a full list of the PARK(ing) spaces below:

  • The Sleepwalk – Thomson Family Park (12 Street S.W. – between 15 and 16 Avenue) 
  • Woodscape – Tomkins Park (16 Avenue S.W.) 
  • Silent Disco – Tomkins Park (16 Avenue S.W.) 
  • Air Hug – Tomkins Park (16 Avenue S.W.) 
  • M-OD-OFI Environment – Simmons Building (618 Confluence Way S.E.) 
  • You Belong in Crescent Heights Village – 919 Centre Street N.W. – *Only open Saturday, 1-4 p.m.* 
  • Home is Where the Health Is – 1130 Kensington Road N.W. 
  • Educating for Equity – Cumming School of Medicine (3330 Hospital Drive N.W.) 
  • International Avenue Unity Through Community – 3505 17 Avenue S.E. 
  • PARK PARK – 880 11 Street S.E. 

“Often times we see something, like a parking space, and only see it as that,” said City of Calgary Planner Kate Zago.

“PARK(ing) Day is about sparking ideas and looking at a mundane piece of land and seeing these creative possibilities.”

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