• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Photos from Philly's sixth annual Park(ing) Day

Eyes on the Street pounded the pavement Friday to see as many of the Park(ing) Day installations as possible. We started in South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) territory, trekked east on Walnut Street to Old City and looped around to catch a few near City Hall. 

For those just tuning in, Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The day is intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, unscripted social interactions and play. 

This year Philly came out in full force to participate in the city's sixth annual Park(ing) Day. Twenty-nine teams turned parking spots into everything from campsites to outdoor offices, a life-sized chess board and more. 

In South Philly, Eyes on the Street visited the campsite that SOSNA and Fireside Camp Supply pitched near the Catherine Thorn Fountain in the northern most Grays Ferry Triangle. On the 100 Block of 17th Street, friends hosted the Note-4-Note installation. There they asked passersby to write a note to a stranger and read a note from a stranger. Further down Walnut Street, patrike design workshop offered another interactive "park," where they asked users to paint a canvas with colors that corresponded with how they traveled to Center City that morning.  

    • Park(ing) Day: SOSNA and Fireside Camp Supply
      Park(ing) Day: SOSNA and Fireside Camp Supply
    • Park(ing) Day: SOSNA and Fireside Camp Supply
      Park(ing) Day: SOSNA and Fireside Camp Supply
    • Park(ing) Day: SOSNA and Fireside Camp Supply
      Park(ing) Day: SOSNA and Fireside Camp Supply
    • Park(ing) Day: Clean Air Council
      Park(ing) Day: Clean Air Council
    • Park(ing) Day: Clean Air Council
      Park(ing) Day: Clean Air Council
    • Park(ing) Day: The Energy Co-Op
      Park(ing) Day: The Energy Co-Op
    • Park(ing) Day: The Energy Co-Op
      Park(ing) Day: The Energy Co-Op
    • Park(ing) Day: Note-4-Note
      Park(ing) Day: Note-4-Note
    • Park(ing) Day: Note-4-Note
      Park(ing) Day: Note-4-Note
    • Park(ing) Day: Note-4-Note
      Park(ing) Day: Note-4-Note
    • Park(ing) Day: K&T
      Park(ing) Day: K&T
    • Park(ing) Day: K&T
      Park(ing) Day: K&T
    • Park(ing) Day: K&T
      Park(ing) Day: K&T
    • Park(ing) Day: patrike design workshop
      Park(ing) Day: patrike design workshop
    • Park(ing) Day: patrike design workshop
      Park(ing) Day: patrike design workshop
    • Park(ing) Day: patrike design workshop
      Park(ing) Day: patrike design workshop
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Across Broad Street the "park" by Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts stood out above the rest, literally. The partners thought outside the box and created a "lifted lawn" theme with a carpet of mulch and ceiling of balloons - the "lawn" - floating more than six feet overhead. The Park(ing) Day installation by Jacobs/Wyper Architects seemed to have the largest crowd, but that may have been due to the lunchtime barbecue the Park(ing) Day designers hosted. 

    • Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
      Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
    • Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
      Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
    • Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
      Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
    • Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
      Park(ing) Day: Bohlin Cywniski Jackson + Avenue of the Arts
    • Park(ing) Day: LRLSAstudio
      Park(ing) Day: LRLSAstudio
    • Park(ing) Day: LRLSAstudio
      Park(ing) Day: LRLSAstudio
    • Park(ing) Day: Jacobs/Wyper Architects
      Park(ing) Day: Jacobs/Wyper Architects
    • Park(ing) Day: Jacobs/Wyper Architects
      Park(ing) Day: Jacobs/Wyper Architects
    • Park(ing) Day: Jacobs/Wyper Architects
      Park(ing) Day: Jacobs/Wyper Architects
    • Park(ing) Day: ZipCar
      Park(ing) Day: ZipCar
    • Park(ing) Day: ZipCar
      Park(ing) Day: ZipCar
    • Park(ing) Day: ZipCar
      Park(ing) Day: ZipCar
    • Park(ing) Day: Kathleen Hogan
      Park(ing) Day: Kathleen Hogan
    • Park(ing) Day: Kathleen Hogan
      Park(ing) Day: Kathleen Hogan
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The Philadelphia Parking Authority had the largest "park" of the day at 7th and Market Streets. There they had people dress up like Park(ing) Day king and queen and take photos in a thrown. On a faux grassy surface, the PPA showed off bedazzled parking meters and offered passersby seating and prizes. Nearby OLIN and KS Engineers offered games of chess, and PhillyCAM set up an outdoor TV studio. 

    • Park(ing) Day: OLIN
      Park(ing) Day: OLIN
    • Park(ing) Day: OLIN
      Park(ing) Day: OLIN
    • Park(ing) Day: National Park Service
      Park(ing) Day: National Park Service
    • Park(ing) Day: National Park Service
      Park(ing) Day: National Park Service
    • Park(ing) Day: National Park Service
      Park(ing) Day: National Park Service
    • Park(ing) Day: KS Engineers
      Park(ing) Day: KS Engineers
    • Park(ing) Day: KS Engineers
      Park(ing) Day: KS Engineers
    • Park(ing) Day: KS Engineers
      Park(ing) Day: KS Engineers
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parking Authority
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parking Authority
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parking Authority
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parking Authority
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parking Authority
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parking Authority
    • Park(ing) Day: PhillyCAM
      Park(ing) Day: PhillyCAM
    • Park(ing) Day: PhillyCAM
      Park(ing) Day: PhillyCAM
    • Park(ing) Day: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
      Park(ing) Day: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
    • Park(ing) Day: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
      Park(ing) Day: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
    • Park(ing) Day: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
      Park(ing) Day: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
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As the afternoon pushed on, Eyes on the Street headed back toward City Hall, where we found retrofitted parking spots designed by Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, SEPTA, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the Mayor's Office of Transportation. 

    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Recycling Rewards
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Recycling Rewards
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Recycling Rewards
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Recycling Rewards
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Recycling Rewards
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Recycling Rewards
    • Park(ing) Day: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
      Park(ing) Day: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
    • Park(ing) Day: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
      Park(ing) Day: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
    • Park(ing) Day: SEPTA
      Park(ing) Day: SEPTA
    • Park(ing) Day: SEPTA
      Park(ing) Day: SEPTA
    • Park(ing) Day: SEPTA
      Park(ing) Day: SEPTA
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
    • Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
      Park(ing) Day: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
    • Park(ing) Day: Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
      Park(ing) Day: Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
    • Park(ing) Day: Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
      Park(ing) Day: Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
    • Park(ing) Day: Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
      Park(ing) Day: Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
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If you missed out on Park(ing) Day this year or are already itching for next year's event, you are in good company. The official Park(ing) Day (Philadelphia) website is counting down too. Only 361 days until Park(ing) Day 2014.

Not shown in the photos above are Park(ing) Day installations by Zimmerman Studio LLC, Philadlephia City Planning Commission, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Locus Partners, Mural Arts Program, Community Design Collaborative and Philadelphia Water Department, Stantec, Eviama Life Green Spa & Boutique, Rec 4 Life Therapeutic Recreation Association of Temple University, CityLights Network, West Girard Community Council, East Passyunk Business Owners, Logan CDC, Gilmore & Associates, North 5th Street Revitalization Project, People's Emergency Center, PennDesign CORE + CO+LAB, Germantown United CDC, The Enterprise Center and EPA Emerging Leaders Network and Outreach Group. 

About the author

Christine Fisher, Transportation reporter

From 2012-2014 Christine covered transportation, writing about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments sent her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covered community news for Eyes on the Street, where her work ranged from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. 


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