15 Sep, 2015

East Versus West Park(ing) Day Friendly Set to Begin

The friendly competition is about to begin as East and West finish the final preparations to host a range of designers, artists and community groups for PARK(ing) Day on Friday 18 September.

The annual global event, supported by City of Adelaide, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects South Australian Chapter and the Adelaide Review in Adelaide will see participants transform on-street car parks into spaces for people.

The new route encompasses Hindley Street from Morphett Street to King William St and Rundle Street from Pulteney Street to East Terrace and people are encouraged to visit the parks and celebrate creativity and innovation between 3pm – 7pm.

This year sees an Adelaide PARK(ing) Day first by teaming up with Yelp.com.au to transform Gawler Place into neutral ground in the friendly competition and hosting the Yelp PARK(ing) Day Information Hub where visitors can have their questions answered and grab a free Krispy Kreme donut.

City of Adelaidelor Phillip Martin will be part of the jury to choose this year’s PARK(ing) Day winner said he was impressed with the way participants have thought outside the box and come up with new and interesting ways to engage the community.

“We’ve got marketers, designers, planners, students and even people who just want to join in the fun participating in this year’s PARK(ing) Day,” Phillip said.

“It’s great to see new city businesses such as Parsec Café in Hindley Street collaborating with artists and musicians from Format Collective and finding innovative ways of becoming involved in city life.

“Arcade Alchemy from the Adelaide Arcade will bring their business to the streets with an interactive park, it’s this type of forward thinking coupled with creativity that helps businesses thrive, and adds to the vitality of the city itself.”

East End Association President David Williams said participating in PARK(ing) Day was a welcome addition to the precinct.

“The opportunity to have an annual event like PARK(ing) Day in the east end solidifies our position as popular area for shopping, hospitality and entertainment,” David said.

“We can’t wait to see what parkers come up with, how their ideas can enhance our precinct and compare them with our fellow west end teams.”

Travis Ranson from SA Parkour Association, who has participated in PARK(ing) Day since 2012, said people should take the time to come and see what the parkers have to offer.

“PARK(ing) Day gives us a chance to demonstrate our vision for our city, and how we’d like it to look and feel. It’s really exciting to see all the other interpretations too, and it gives the community a chance to come together and connect with each other” Travis said.

Helen Lienert, who participated for the first time in 2014 as part of the Complimentary Cactus team said it was interesting to see the different interpretations of what PARK(ing) Day meant to different teams.

“It was really great to see all the little quirks and intricacies of Adelaide shining through, I encourage everyone to support the event by coming out to see the unique and cool ideas Adelaide has to offer” Helen said.

For more information visit adelaideparkingday.com.

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