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Corvallis celebrates international PARK(ing) Day with pop-up park

Corvallis residents put the park together in a parking space on 2nd Street between Madison and Jefferson avenues with hopes of encouraging people to reinvision how public spaces are used.

Posted: Sep. 21, 2018 7:09 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A pop-up park appeared in Corvallis Friday to celebrate international PARK(ing) Day.

Corvallis residents put the park together in a parking space on 2nd Street between Madison and Jefferson avenues with hopes of encouraging people to reinvision how public spaces are used.

“We are doing this to demonstrate how interested place making can happen by converting just one space for one day,” organizer Jay Thatcher said. “When a place we used to drive mindlessly past starts grabbing our interest, relationships develop with the place and the people there. That builds a corner of our city into somewhere exciting and enhances safety.”

The first PARK(ing) Day event took place in San Francisco in 2005 and has since spread to cities around the world.

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