Enjoy a spa experience at a parking spot this Friday, as Park(ing) Day returns

A parking lot in Baghdad Street was transformed into a herbal garden in 2014 on Park(ing) Day.
A parking lot in Baghdad Street was transformed into a herbal garden in 2014 on Park(ing) Day.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - Instead of parking your vehicle at a parking space this Friday (Sept 16), you could enjoy a spa treat, walk and cycle on a redesigned street in virtual reality, or wander among 100 inflatable cheer sticks - all within a designated parking spot.

A total of 78 parking spaces across the island will be turned into parks of a different kind as part of the International Park(ing) Day movement, which turns individual parking spots into temporary public spaces.

These transformed parking spaces will be mostly located in the city centre, such as Telok Ayer, Bukit Pasoh, Jalan Besar, Bugis and Kampong Glam, with some in the heartlands, such as Sembawang and Tiong Bahru.

This year's movement will see the largest participation from schools, with 19 of the parks created and curated by students from Lasalle College of the Arts, School of the Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

"We are glad to see participants taking ownership of their initiatives, in particular, SUTD taking the lead to encourage students from other universities and schools to take part in the event this year," said Mr Ng Lang, chief executive officer of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

" It is a good way for the community to help spread the green message, and to collectively re-imagine how public spaces can be used."

The student-created parks will include old-school carnival games, cultural exhibitions, story-telling sessions and a coffee booth.

The Park(ing) Day initiative is part of URA's Our Favourite Place programme.