Taking over K St. NW for PARK(ing) Day 2013

by Maxim Lopatnikov, Communications & Marketing Intern

On Friday, Sept. 20 we’re ready to offer a mild apology to anyone who misses out on a few prime downtown parking spaces as we continue our tradition of transforming a few unexceptional feet of pavement into a pretty little piece of urban green space.

Our installation will be a part of the larger PARK(ing) Day, which is an annual open-source global event where citizens, groups, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces that often result in unique designs. Check out our detailed event page for all of our information on the topic of PARK(ing) Day and previews of our past installations.

For the third year in a row, our own brand of PARK(ing) Day design will be on display, this time at 1700 K Street NW from 9:30 to 2:30. Our park will offer a few pleasant hours of relaxation, activities, seating and (last but not least) the opportunity to learn more about why trees are such a great part of our shared public green spaces. After a successful showing in 2012, we’re excited about a new, creative way to make use of our parking-spot-takeover as a means for passersby to explore something fresh and green during a typical downtown afternoon. Keeping true to our sustainable goals, our installation will include our own twist on board games with Ginkgo Plinko, recycled cardboard trees, and unique pieces of furniture created from repurposed tree planting ingredients.

In addition to our own creations we are excited to partner with our friends at sweetgreen, which will provide park-goers a free lemonade with a purchase of a salad or wrap at its store at 19th and L Streets NW, only three blocks from Casey Trees’ park. The special offer is available while supplies last until 8:00 p.m… Grab some grub and come back to our park for a wonderful pairing of healthy greens and relaxing green space.

We invite everyone to take a moment out of their Friday to stop by – bring friends, co-workers, kids and anyone else to learn more about us, PARK(ing) Day and what trees can do for our city (or to simply enjoy the change in scenery)! We love this movement because it offers us a unique forum to demonstrate why trees and green space are vital to urban life - through improved air quality and positive impacts on neighborhood environments, business districts and public spaces, they’re both able to generate truly pragmatic benefits like increased property values and energy savings from shade.

As PARK(ing) Day continues to grow all over the world, we are excited that it’s building momentum here in the District as well, especially with the support of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), which is playing a key role in facilitating this year’s event. This year, with the DDOT’s support, there are more groups than ever who will be creating parks of their own throughout the D.C. metro area.

Check our list and map of other parks that will be popping up across D.C. this PARK(ing) Day:

View map in full.

Blue dots represent our friends who are joining in on the PARK(ing) Day movement, and the larger green dot represents Casey Trees’ installation.

  • baked & wired
  • BicycleSPACE
  • Capital Bikeshare
  • CycleLife USA
  • DC Department of Parks & Recreation
  • DC Greenworks
  • DC Office of Planning
  • Fleurir
  • Gensler
  • Georgetown BID
  • History Matters
  • Landscape Architecture Foundation
  • Malmaison
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • NoMa BID
  • Robert Bell Architects
  • Smart Growth America
  • WABA
  • Zipcar
  • LandDesign
  • Vectorworks
  • Mobility Lab

Hope to see you at our park this year! We’ll be keeping everyone posted throughout the day with live postings on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day!

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