Park(ing) Day: An Urban Park for the Public

Park(ing)day Architecture for Humanity Indianapolis Chapter (AFH Indy) recently held in downtown Indianapolis its 2nd annual Park(ing) Day event. Volunteers transformed 10 metered spaces into a makeshift park for the public, fully equipped with benches, bushes, and lush grass.

After the event, the materials for the day—including sod, bricks, paving stones, plants, lumber, and a unique shading structure—were donated to the Community Outreach Center in the Reagan Park neighborhood to develop a permanent park for that community.

A video of the day was taken by Zach Rutledge of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association who set up a camera in his office and filmed AFH Indy’s PARK(ing) Day.

I think it’s great that there is a day dedicated to reclaiming parking spaces and putting up makeshift places for people to relax in a different setting. In Zach’s video, I saw how much time and effort the volunteers put into creating the park that morning, and it was incredible to see the amount of people throughout the day who were able to enjoy the space. I’m sure it brightened the day of many bystanders, who encountered the uncustomary site. I also love the fact that people get so creative by having hammocks and drawing hopscotch boards, it really is just like a mini park.

Architecture for Humanity’s mission is to make a difference through innovation, volunteerism, and partnership by seeking architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis’s and bringing design services to communities in need. Through competitions, workshops, educational forums, exhibitions, and other activities, AFH fosters public appreciation for the many ways that architecture and design can improve lives.  For more information, go to

–Lindsey Collier

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