Channel NewsAsia

On Sep 19, parking spaces will become ‘parks’ for a day

Members of the public can register with URA to reserve a parking lot where they can create their own public space on PARK(ing) Day, Sep 19.

SINGAPORE: On Sep 19, you'll have a chance to turn a parking lot into a garden, library or even an art gallery.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Thursday (Aug 14) announced its support for PARK(ing) Day, a worldwide event where people transform car park lots into temporary public spaces, calling it a “light-hearted way to encourage people to envision the possibilities in a city with fewer cars”.

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, an art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then, PARK(ing) Day has gained a following internationally, with more than 180 cities across six continents participating in the event.

Members of the public who want to participate in the event should first register with the URA. When accepted, they will receive a specially-designed parking coupon, which they can use to reserve any URA coupon-paid parking lot in Singapore or selected HDB kerbside parking lots at Tiong Bahru, to create their own public space on Sep 19.

Parking fees will be waived for these “parks”, the URA said.

To register for the event, visit URA’s PubliCity website, select a parking lot, and submit an idea of what you would like to do in the temporary space. Registration closes on Sep 15.

Tweet photos, videos and updates on this story to  @channelnewsasia