San Francisco's Few Available Parking Spaces to Be Commandeered to Make a Point About Things on Sept. 16

It's hard to find parking in San Francisco — so tough that, once you find a space, you might want to do something to it more permanent than just ditch a car. Why not put grass and a park bench in the spot?

Inspired by a lack of green space in our fair (and parking-constrained) city, PARK(ing) Day

aims to inspire residents to flex their creative muscle and retake metered parking spaces as public spaces. This year, PARK(ing) Day is Friday, Sept. 16, and anyone can host a spot.

The concept began with a single space in San Francisco in 2005 and has since spread worldwide — last year, 30 countries hosted a total of 850 spots, with installations ranging from political seminars to free bike repair shops. “The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat,” according to the event's website.

Hit the jump to see this year's spaces and to learn how you can host your own.

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