Every year, on the third Friday of September, people around the world turn parking bays into temporary urban park for global PARK(ing) Day. This ranges from a simple setup with a couple of chairs and plants, to complex parklet designs done by a team of architects and engineers.
Given the real challenges to find parking space in the CBD of Cape Town, many would probably argue we should be turning parks into parking bays; and not just for one day out of the year. The truth, however, is that we could never build enough parking bays to satisfy the seemingly insatiable need for more parking space. The solution lies in a new long-term approach to mobility and how the city centre is maximised for all users. After all, it is only the minority that uses the private car as their main form of transport in this city. PARK(ing) Day provides us all with an opportunity to really see how we can use public space differently.
Although far from turning the CBD into a car-free space, like Sandton in Johannesburg is doing for this year's EcoMobility World Festival, we want to invite as many of you as possible to help us demonstrate to the rest of Cape Town that there are better ways to use our streets. Please check out some examples below from previous years, as well as some impressive ideas from other countries; and join us for a workshop on 22 August to plan an unforgettable PARK(ing) Day 2015 together.
For more information, have a look at our PARK(ing) Day 2015 Cape Town event listing.