City to get more PARK(ing)
A handful of Hamilton parking spaces may be sporting a new look on Friday as the City celebrates International PARK(ing) Day.
The annual event, launched in San Francisco eight years ago, involved converting parking spaces to alternate uses for a single day. In 2011, 975 parks in 162 cities were modified as part of the initiative.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Planning said they, together with the Corporation of Hamilton, have invited artists, businesses and community groups to take part this year, creating alternate visions for selected parking spaces on Reid Street.
Minister of Environment and Planning Sylvan Richards said: “PARK(ing) Day is designed to expand our thinking about public spaces and encourage us to consider the impact of cars. We hope everyone will enjoy the innovative ‘parks' set up on Friday.”
And Hamilton Mayor Graeme Outerbridge said he encouraged the public to come out and enjoy the sights.
“We are delighted that community organisations and businesses have come together to make this an exciting introduction to the possibilities of a city with more public spaces,” he said.