Miniature parks sprung up in parking spaces around Center City on Friday as more than two dozen groups participated in National PARK(ing) Day, an annual event that transforms metered parking space in cities across the globe. Started in San Francisco in 2005 as a celebration of parks and open space, this was the first year groups from Philadelphia participated in the international event, taking over 30 parking spaces in cooperation with the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
The Urban Sustainability Forum hosted a series of presentations at The Academy of Natural Sciences on Friday night, Sept. 18, in conjunction with PARK(ing) Day. Event organizer Pamela Zimmerman discussed PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia, and Robert Allen, Assistant Managing Director of Green Plan Philadelphia, laid out a 20-year comprehensive plan to expand open and green space throughout the city.
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