Return of Park(ing) Day will see carparks transformed into creative spaces

A barber giving a street haircut in a parking lot during Park(ing) Day in 2014.
A barber giving a street haircut in a parking lot during Park(ing) Day in 2014. PHOTO: JEZAMINE CHUA
A "carpark full" sign was placed at some parking lots.
A "carpark full" sign was placed at some parking lots. PHOTO: TNP FILE
June Lim (right) and her friend setting up their waterproof photo booth.
June Lim (right) and her friend setting up their waterproof photo booth. PHOTO: TNP FILE
Bicycle wheels use to raise public awareness of cycling safety.
Bicycle wheels use to raise public awareness of cycling safety. PHOTO: TNP FILE
A swing and potted plants installed at a "park" in Jalan Besar.
A swing and potted plants installed at a "park" in Jalan Besar. PHOTO: ST FILE
A quirky vending machine that dispensed fun facts.
A quirky vending machine that dispensed fun facts. PHOTO: DAWN LIM, FIONA TAN
Seats made from colourful tyres at an installation.
Seats made from colourful tyres at an installation. PHOTO: SHERRY BERG
A mini-exhibition showcasing urban farming and sustainable living methods.
A mini-exhibition showcasing urban farming and sustainable living methods. PHOTO: FAWWAZ AZHAR
A marketplace garden for the public to hang out and receive free fruit.
A marketplace garden for the public to hang out and receive free fruit. PHOTO: NATALIE TAN
Free food and entertainment was available at this space.
Free food and entertainment was available at this space. PHOTO: JOYCE NG
A "repair cafe" for the public to learn how to repair common household items.
A "repair cafe" for the public to learn how to repair common household items. PHOTO: VEERAPPAN SWAMINATHAN

SINGAPORE - Park(ing) Day, which encourages the public to turn carparks into spaces for leisure, is back for its third edition on Sept 18.

The public are invited to use their imagination and transform carpark spaces into temporary parks, creative installations or even food and beverage stands for the day.

Participants can opt to set up their "parks" in any coupon-paid carparks across Singapore - including selected coupon-paid lots in Tiong Bahru - during the event, which is supported by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Housing Development Board.

The event was first introduced in Singapore in 2013, as part of a festival where Singapore University of Technology and Design students gave carparks at MacPherson a community garden-makeover.

 

It was then expanded on an island-wide scale last year. More than 50 community groups, local businesses students and individuals took part, creating 52 "parks" across 88 lots.

Some creative uses included a "repair cafe" where passers-by learnt how to repair common household items and a street barber stand for pedestrians to get a haircut.

URA's Chief Executive Officer Ng Lang said he hoped to see more people joining Parking(ing) Day this year to help spread the green message.

Those interested to participate are required to register with the URA. Registration starts today and will end on Sept 14. 

A coupon to reserve a lot and waive the parking fee will be issued once an application is accepted.

Some of the suggested areas for participants

- Central Business District and Ann Siang Hill (Telok Ayer St, Amoy St, Boon Tat St, McCallum St, Club St, Ann Siang Rd)

- Duxton Plain (Keong Saik Rd, Teck Lim Rd, Jiak Kim Rd, Duxton Rd)

- Singapore River (Circular Rd)

- Bras Basah and Bugis (Short St, Prinsep St, Waterloo St, Liang Seah St, Purvis St, Armenian St)

- Kampong Glam (Aliwal St, Arab St, Baghdad St, Bali Ln, Bussorah St, Kandahar St, Sultan Gate)

- Little India (Race Course Rd, Syed Alwi Rd, Kerbau Rd, Dunlop St)

- Jalan Besar (Tyrwhitt Rd, Hamilton Rd)

- Tiong Bahru (Seng Poh Rd, Eng Hoon St)