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Take a stroll past 18 reclaimed CBD parks

Take a stroll past 18 reclaimed CBD parks on Wellington’s PARK(ing) Day

On Wednesday 9 March the Wellington Sculpture Trust, in association with the Wellington City Council, is holding Wellington’s second version of PARK(ing) Day. Providing temporary public open spaces one parking spot at a time.

The Wellington Sculpture Trust called for expressions of interest to take over a parking space for a day and 17 Wellingtonians answered the call.

Wellington Sculpture Trust chair, Sue Elliott, said: “We are pleased with the number of entries and, more specifically the calibre of the concepts submitted. We have received a wide and imaginative array of entries from people from a variety of spheres: artists, architects, students, businesses, creative members of the public and various workplaces.”

PARK(ing) Day will run from 8am - 6pm on Wednesday March 9 and be located around the central city, forming a walk from the Railway Station to Cuba Street including: Bunny Street, Waring Taylor Street, Grey Street, Victoria Street, Lower and Upper Cuba Street and Abel Smith Street.

To make it easy, at every PARK a map will be available to take you on your PARK(ing) Day journey. The Wellington Sculpture Trust is also running a ‘people’s choice’ award for the day where the winner will receive $500. You will be able vote on site or view all the installations and vote for each park through the Dominion Post website: www.dompost.co.nz on Thursday 10 March.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event which started in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then it has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public spaces in urban settings around the world.

In the northern hemisphere the event takes place in September, but following the Trust’s inaugural event being thwarted by torrential rain and gale force winds it was moved to coincide with Walk to Work day and our summer.

In the case of extremely wet weather the Parks will be on display in the foyer of the Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston Street, from 9.00am – 5.00pm.

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