Organization of Cornell Planners: Park(ing) Day

Park(ing) Day script text on an aerial photo of fall foliage
Two women tossing a bean bag in a parking lot
Students in the Organization of Cornell Planners transformed parking spaces into green "parklets," calling attention to the need for more urban open space. William Staffeld / AAP
Men and women doing yoga on the grass adjacent to a parking lot
Alternative uses for parking spaces included practicing yoga. William Staffeld / AAP
Man in center of picture plays a guitar while talking to another man with a dog on a leash.
As well as yoga, bike repair lessons, and a camping set up, Park(ing) Day was an opportunity for students to bring pets and musical instruments. William Staffeld / AAP
Green and yellow bicycles on the right side of the photo with a blue banner in the background and a red and white banner hanging on a silver car on the right, with people sitting in the center of the picture.
Park(ing) Day took over several spots in the Sibley Hall parking lot. William Staffeld / AAP
Students in the Organization of Cornell Planners transformed parking spaces into green "parklets," calling attention to the need for more urban open space. William Staffeld / AAP Alternative uses for parking spaces included practicing yoga. William Staffeld / AAP As well as yoga, bike repair lessons, and a camping set up, Park(ing) Day was an opportunity for students to bring pets and musical instruments. William Staffeld / AAP Park(ing) Day took over several spots in the Sibley Hall parking lot. William Staffeld / AAP

Join the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) and Cornell AAP in celebrating Park(ing) Day on Friday, September 21, as our community comes together to transform parking spaces into green "parklets" that are so desperately needed in many of our cities!

Park(ing) Day is an event in which artists, citizens, and businesses temporarily transform parking spaces into public spaces. Park(ing) Day's mission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, generate discussion and debate around how public space is utilized, and improve the quality of urban habitat. Park(ing) Day was first conceived of in 2005, when urban designer and landscape architect John Bela converted a parking space into a small park in San Francisco creating the opportunity for community engagement to occur. Since then, more and more cities all over the world have participated in Park(ing) Day every year.

OCP will be transforming some parking spaces in the Sibley Hall parking lot into several stations including:

  • Small sitting garden
  • Camp-out set up and bike repair lessons
  • Yoga sessions