PARK(ing) Day Sofia

For a first time Sofia was part of the global initative PARK(ing) Day thanks to Credo Bonum Foundation. In cities around the globe artists, activists and citizens transformed on 16th of September metered parking spaces into temporary public parks and other social spaces, as part of the annual event. 11 park(ing)s happened in the capital of Bulgaria and many organizations and cultural institutes took part in it. The first edition of the event was highly acclaimed in the country.

Invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day invites people to rethink the way streets are used and promotes discussion around the need for broadbased changes to urban infrastructure. “Urban inhabitants worldwide recognize the need for new approaches to making cities,” says Rebar principal Matthew Passmore. “ The planning strategies that have led to traffic congestion, pollution and poor health in cities everywhere do not reflect contemporary values, nor are they sustainable. PARK(ing) Day raises these issues and demonstrates that even temporary projects can improve the character and quality of the city.”

Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has grown rapidly. The 2010 event included more than 800 “PARK”installations in more than 180 cities on six continents. From Iran to Madagascar, Venezuela to South Korea, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe, and participants have broadened the scope of PARK installations to fulfill a range of unmet social needs. “From public parks to free health clinics, from art galleries to demonstration gardens, PARK(ing) Day participants have claimed the metered parking space as a rich new territory for creative experimentation, activism, socializing and play,” says John Bela, a Rebar principal.