We built a park

For the second year, there was a bit more green space on Minnesota Ave NE as the WABA Trail Ranger team celebrated Park(ing) Day, part of an international effort to reclaim our public space and think creatively about its best use. In collaboration with DDOT Urban Forestry, Capital Bikeshare, and Anacostia Park & Planning Collaborative, we built a park!

Out went parking for one car. Instead the 8′ by 20′ spot was home to tables for eating lunch, trees, a bike fence and native plants. We had a number of pollinators visiting us all afternoon, snacking on the goldenrod, asters and other flowering plants from Urban Forestry. Anacostia Park and Planning brought a satellite map of the river corridor and we had great conversations about the nearby trails and how connectivity or lack thereof affects trail use.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the park and all of our fabulous park partners!

PARK(ing) Day 2013, in Photos

For a few hours last Friday, the D.C. Bike Ambassadors transformed a single metered parking space outside of WABA’s Adams Morgan office into a tiny temporary park.

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PARK(ing) Day is an annual event dedicated to transforming car parking spaces into public spaces for people. The project began in San Francisco in 2005, and D.C. hosted a PARK(ing) Day for the first time in four years this year. What started as a guerilla-style event has now been embraced by city officials. This year, DDOT allowed any organization to apply for a permit to create a mini pop-up park as long as they had a proof of insurance and promised to only occupy the space from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

2013 Park(ing) Day

The idea behind the Bike Ambassador’s “park” was to provide a safe spot for bicyclists, and an information booth to those wanting to learn more. We created a bicycling photo booth and asked folks to share why they bike!

2013 Park(ing) Day

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The interactive “park” we set up was a fantastic way to get folks to consider bicycling!

2013 Park(ing) Day

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For more pictures, see our PARK(ing) Day Flickr set and our instagram page.