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Brisbane PARK(ing) Day “how to guide”

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Join this global event and transform Brisbane on 19 September 2008

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Brisbane, what can you do in a PARK(ing) space?

This is the Brisbane-adapted version of Rebar’s original guide. PLEASE ALSO READ THEIR ORIGINAL VERSION


Key Design Themes and Principles.

PARK(ing) Day was started in 2005 by Rebar to raise awareness about the lack of green spaces in San Francisco’s downtown. It transformed an on-street car park into a ‘people park’ by temporarily providing turf, seating and shade. It is based on the idea that paying for a parking meter is like ‘renting’ a public space.

Rebar’s original PARKs were quite simple, containing the key elements of any green space - seating, shade, a place to watch people, and a sense of being in nature. But a PARK(ing) spot can be transformed into almost anything!! Creative examples from overseas have included everything from a putting green, free tree giveaway, gallery, library, edible gardens, dog park, bike park.

Since then it has been creatively adapted and sparked imaginations around the world and in 2007 there were over 200 PARKs in 50 major cities, including New York, London and Los Angeles. The PARKs are surprising, fun additions to the everyday street environments, and powerful symbols of placemaking and communities wanting to improve urban quality.

Key Objectives Brisbane PARK(ing) Day is all about – 1. Calling attention to the importance for urban public spaces 2. Rethinking the way we use our streets 3. Creating diverse conversations about how we can make sustainable cities PARK(ing) helps energises civic life and contributes to place-making by questioning our basic assumptions about urban space while offering provocative and meaningful alternatives. It connects people with ways to permanently reclaim the street and participate in the planning process. Brisbane PARK(ing) aims to create new networks with people passionate about the future of our city.

Key themes to keep in mind 1) “Living in Brisbane” PARK(ing) can explore many diverse and complex issues, ideas and policy areas relating to cities. The BCC “Living in Brisbane 2026 Vision” outlines 8 broad aspirations which PARKers are encouraged to explore and interpret • • • • • • • •

Friendly, safe city Clean, green city Well-designed subtropical city Accessible, connected city Smart, prosperous city Active, healthy city Vibrant, creative city Regional, world city

2) Sustainability Sustainability is a key message in PARK(ing) and is a principle to consider in design theme, materials, construction, logistics and clean up. Example, if you going to use turf, try finding an organic supplier. If you are moving PARKs, consider using bikes (they did this in San Francisco). If you are going to have left over organic material, compost it at Northey St City Farm Support local businesses, recycle, borrow, reuse and compost as much as possible. Consider what you can impact and influence. Design with responsibility and conscious. 3) Positivity and fun PARKs are offered to public in the spirit of generosity and community benefit. This is an opportunity to educate, promote ideas, show creativity, express values and send a message. This should be done in fun, creative and positive ways to create intrigue, surprise and excitement. Make people stop. Make someone smile.

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PART I - Choose a Space

Find a PARK(ing) spot where you want people to stop, rest and relax. Consider locations on main pedestrian routes so more people can enjoy your PARK!


The original Rebar idea used on-street parks but PARK(ing) can be adapted to on-street, off-street, metered, un-metered, public or private carparks.

Your registration helps create mapping, informs media and puts you in the running for prizes!

You can • Create a single PARK • Join a local cluster - Check the website map to see where others are PARK(ing) • Create a new cluster In picking your locations, please consider the following: 1. Choose your location in advance to organise logistics and/or to negotiate spaces/permits 2. Respect all usual parking restrictions. Remember your PARK is like a car, don’t park in clearways, solid yellow lines, transit lanes, bus stops, taxi zones, loading zones, Australia Post zones, disable parking spaces or across driveways and footpaths 3. Be aware of parking control areas and read the BCC Parking Information and Local Laws. Links provided on website and/or search on http://www.brisbane.qld. 4. You may need more than 1 spot (one for set-up and one for your transport). 5. You can use as many adjoining spaces as you can manage. 6. Consider locations near compatible and supportive businesses eg cafes, shops, 7. Check for sun, shade, wind, weather, traffic, and construction. 8. Get to know your local planning context, especially where public space improvements are proposed. Your PARKs can both implement these ideas and/ or challenge them. Check the website or email if you want help with planning documents.

Vallley Urban Vision - BCC 2007

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PART II - Design and Building Materials Design Rebar’s original PARKs were quite simple, containing a tree, a seat, turf and bollards but a PARK(ing) space can be adapted to almost anything you want! Creative examples from overseas have included everything from a putting green, free tree giveaway, gallery, library, edible gardens, dog park, bike park etc. Keep in mind the Brisbane PARK(ing) Day key objectives, themes and principles outlined on Page 1 of this guide. Note: Under the Rebar creative commons copyright PARK(ing) Day is intended for noncommercial uses. Commercial/food uses/footpath dining is also a separate BCC licensing issue. No sales in Brisbane PARK(ing) spaces. Check the website for design inspirations and see creative overseas examples on www.parkingday. org.

Materials Each team is responsible for their own costs, risks, logistics, design and materials. Teams can beg, borrow or buy any materials they need for their PARK. PARK(ing) can be a unique public platform to promote local businesses, suppliers, products and services so consider finding donations and sponsors for your PARKs. Check the website for where you can buy/rent things such as safety equipment, turf and plants.

Sustainability is a key message in PARK(ing) and is a principle to consider in your theme, design, construction, logistics and clean up. Consider what you can impact and influence. Design with responsibility and conscious.

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PART II - Design and Building Materials (cont’d) Step 1. Safety/ Enclosure

First install safety barriers to define your PARK. Safety to yourselves, other people and drivers is important. Your designs must keep people away from traffic. A self-supporting boundary is important to provide a sense of enclosure and safety for people occupying your PARK(ing) space. Remember all material must be within the lines of a parking space. It can not obstruct roadways or footpaths.

Step 4. Other Stuff

What you put in your PARK is up top your design theme but remember it has to be easily moved. You may have the following elements a) Seating/Furniture The more seating you provide, the greater the chance of people will enter and interact in your park. Consider foldable and easily moveable furniture.

Step 2. Signs

b) Shade/ Plants Shade helps make places more pleasant to sit in. Choose potted trees and plants you will be able to easily move and manage. Consider using your own plants from home/work or borrowing/leasing trees from nurseries.

Teams are also encouraged to adapt and create your own signage specific to your design theme and/or organisation. Be prepared to provide people information.

c) Display/Play The original PARKs were simple seating spaces but you can adapt spaces to have a host of interactive elements that invite people into your PARK. Consider it a performance space, a gallery, an information display and an space for the expression of ideas. Create intrigue, fun, excitement. Make people stop!

Every PARK must have the Brisbane PARK(ing) Day sign (attached at the back of this guide). It indicates that the space has been transformed into a PARK(ing) space for public enjoyment.

Step 3. Groundcover

Groundcover is not necessary to all designs but turf was a strong element used in the original PARKs. Alternatives could also include carpet, fabric, astro turf, paving material. Teams using turf will need to place a tarp down first to protect the roots and for easy clean up.

Step 5. Clean Up

Easy construction and disassembly is a key design consideration. Make sure you have a plan to reuse, recycle, or donate the materials after your PARK(ing) project is complete! All organic material can be composted at Northey St City Farm, Windsor.


PARK(ing) space Keep within the lines

Safety Barrier

Safety Barrier

Safety Barrier



On Street PARK(ing) Example

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PART III - Event Day Your location, design, and materials should be organised in advance. Key considerations for the day •

How will you move the materials to and from the site? Consider your transport modes if moving PARKs

You might need 2-3 people to help setup and cleanup

Choose your time wisely (mornings and lunch times will attract most attention). Arrive early to secure your ideal space.

Remember you can stay as long as parking restrictions allow (stay longer if you have negotiated spaces/gained permits)

Don’t forget to bring change to pay the meter

Clean Up. Take all material with you and carefully sweep up any dirt or debris. Bring a broom.

Arrange to video/photographs of your PARK. Send them to to be documented on the website and also to REBAR who document the world-wide action. Remember to tag “park(ing) day” on any youtube videos and flckr photos.

Paying for a space but not parking a vehicle is not technically a fined offence under BCC Local Laws but be ready to deal with police, traffic enforcement officers, or people angry about you occupying a parking space. Keep in mind that you are acting in the public interest to add to the health, comfort, and vitality of your city. We recommend appealing to law enforcement’s sense of civic pride versus antagonizing them. Direct angry motorists to the nearest paid parking structure. You may also wish to negotiate private spaces and large clusters may apply for part lane closures with BCC (website has more info)

Remember participation in PARK(ing) Day is at your own risk. You will be acting independently and are liable for your actions. Obey the law and have fun!

All registered Brisbane PARKs will be mapped online. Don’t forget to visit each other PARKs.

In 2007 more than 200 PARKs were created in over 50 cities worldwide, including: • 58 PARKs in San Francisco, (and 5 Sidewalk Plazas) • 45 PARKs in Los Angeles. • 25 PARKs in NYC.

How many PARKs can Brisbane make?

DISCLAIMER Participation in PARK(ing) Day is at your own risk! You will be acting independently of REBAR and the coordinators of Brisbane PARK(ing) Day. Obey the law and have fun! By participating in PARK(ing) Day, you voluntarily and entirely assume the risk of liability and agree to indemnify and hold harmless REBAR, the coordinators of of Brisbane PARK(ing) Day, Brisbane City Council and other land owners of parking spaces, and their respective employees, officers, directors and members. You also agree to obey the law and the directives of any duly-authorized law enforcement officer. Remember, PARK(ing) Day is about operating for the broader public good!

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PARK(ing) Day is a global event that is all about – Rethinking the way we use our streets Calling attention to the need for urban public spaces Creating conversations about how we design sustainable cities See all today’s PARKs at and

Brisbane PARK(ing) 2008 HOW TO GUIDE  

Brisbane PARK(ing) 2008 How to Guide