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Park(ing) Day Photos


In what the Projo called "unparalleled park(ing)" Friday, Providence celebrated its first city-wide Park(ing) Day.  The event was co-organized by our blog in partnership with RIASLA and AIAri, and numerous residents and business took part.  Here is some of what they produced.  There was no way to capture every moment on Friday, there were so many parklets to visit and I want to see what we missed!  Please post your own photos on Park(ing) Day's facebook.  (Photos, Rachel Playe)

And don't let Park(ing) Day be just one day out of the year! Check out some of our recommendations to Providence to keep the spirit of Park(ing) Day alive.

Nate and Christo of Fertile Underground taking a break on Friday afternoon
AIRA of RI's office opening up for Park(ing) Day
My drawing at Union Studio's parklet
Analog Underground playing records as the Park(ing) Day bike ride, led by Bike Newport, stops on their parklet tour.

Dogs enjoy parklets too
Birchwood Design Group has an interactive parklet that highlights architectural details on Westminster st.

The Greene School comes from West Greenwich to set up their library parklet
Artist Hans Vermy set up his cartography parklet on Weybosset

Olneyville's art gallery Yellow Peril's parklet

Trinity Theatre setting up for Park(ing) Day Friday morning
Union Studios opened up their parklet for free drawing space

Beta Group handed out apples on Friday

URI students rolled out a green oasis on Westminster St
Birchwood Design Group made their parklet out of upcycled materials from the office

And you look what you can see from their homemade telescopes

The Parks Department placed their art instillation in front of City Hall...
...and left some clues along the way as to where it's located

The Lincoln School wants you to stop a while and make pinwheels

Zip Car offers some lawn games for your lunch break

Art Handy, Rep and Chair of House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, leads the State House parklet with Besto Pesto and Like No Udder trucks stopping by

The Greene School collected people's secrets to hang in on their "secrets tree"

NCA had a photo school

AS220 brought art and music to the street
Cluck! held down the west end of Broadway

Foremost Bakery joined Cluck! to serve breakfast and lunch
Pastiche's parklet gave both patrons and workers a place to sit outside

The Grange provided bike parking and outdoor seating
Former PVD Pop's Val handed out pom poms for the Park(ing) Day bike tour
Broadway's oasis of music and greenery at Analog Underground

Fertile Underground's outdoor living room provided the comforts of home outside...even scrabble

Roger Williams University  students hang out on Washington with lawn games

Thank you Providence!


  1. Great Job on putting together the pieces, working with the business and having such an awesome set of participating spaces and groups. I wish I could have left work to go see some of them (Yellow Peril wasn't setup yet when I went down from the office).

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  3. Thanks, Matt! Nice seeing you at Waterfire the other night! We're going to be doing another bike valet there on the 28th, and we'd love more people to bike out. I'm working on figuring out some better lighting and decorations. I think our Double Park(ing) parklet at Waterfire was nice enough, but needed some candles or torches or something. Hard to draw attention when you're competing with something as beautiful as Waterfire.