If you’re interested in parking or PARK(ing), there’s plenty for you to do in Oakland this week. You might have heard that this Friday, September 16th is PARK(ing) Day, “an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.” Oaklanders have participated in PARK(ing) day for the past several years, and I’ve heard about some awesome plans for this year.
PARK(ing) Day is all about re-appropriating on-street parking, but off-street parking is also important to our city. On Thursday night the City is holding a workshop on off-street parking. From the email:
The City of Oakland is updating its off-street parking regulations. The City’s off-street parking regulations have not been comprehensively updated since 1965 and need to be updated to be consistent with current City policies. This introductory workshop is the first step in the process of updating the City’s off-street parking regulations.
Come and learn about off-street parking and provide feedback on what should be considered during the parking update process. The City will not be presenting any new regulations at this community workshop. Proposed new regulations will be presented at future public meetings.
What will be discussed?
- Overview of off-street parking update project
- Parking in Oakland
- Break out stations to discuss and get feedback on specific issues
- Open question and comment period at the end of the meeting
The Community Workshop will focus on parking that is located on private or public property off City streets. Parking that is on public streets will not be the focus of this process.
Somehow this important workshop was planned for the same time and date as the monthly Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting, but due to this conflict and some other issues, we cancelled this month’s BPAC meeting so people could attend this. I hope to see you there:
Community Workshop on Off-Street Parking
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Oakland Main Library, West Auditorium
125 14th Street
For more info, visit the City’s website.
As for PARK(ing) Day, that will be happening all day long on Friday (and at a few locations, Saturday too) at locations throughout North and Central Oakland:
This year, visiting parklets is just half the fun. Walk Oakland Bike Oakland will be hosting some other activities. From their website and a press advisory:
In Oakland, we have several businesses and neighborhoods joining the fun, and a special offer for you. Pick up your PARK(ing) Day passport at one of these parklets, get stamped at four parklets, and receive 10% off at participating Oakland businesses all weekend. Sweet!
You can get your passport stamped at any of these participating parklets.
- Actual Cafe
- Cole Coffee
- Marquee Lofts
- East Bay Meditation Center
- Farley’s Coffee East
- Urban Furniture (Saturday only!)
- Noah’s Bagels on Lakeshore (Saturday only!)
- Arizmendi on Lakeshore (Saturday only!)
3PM: WOBO will lead a bicycle tour of all of the city’s parklets, leaving from Cole Coffee, 307 63rd St at College Ave.
3:30PM: WOBO will lead a walking tour of downtown Oakland parklets, leaving from Farley’s East, 33 Grand Ave near Broadway.
Sadly, I’ll be in Sacramento on Friday so I won’t get to check out any of the parklets. So if you stop by any of them, I’d love it if you would either send photos my way (oaklandbecks at gmail dot com), or if you have a blog, post them there and let me know.
Can’t wait a couple days to re-imagine parking? Check out this awesome video the Greenbelt Alliance put together, which shows how much we could do by re-appropriating just one parking space: