Upcoming event: “Plant an idea” in the Northern Quarter, #Manchester Fri 20th Sept

Friends of the Earth – Friday 20th September is International PARK(ing) Day where creative cities look to the future. Manchester Friends of the Earth is inviting people to join with citizens in cities around the world who will be transforming metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of international “PARK(ing) Day”.

Park(ing) Day 20th Sept 2013

Once again, Manchester Friends of the Earth members will be redesigning car parking spaces in Manchester city centre into picnic parks complete with “grass”, plants, deckchairs, tea, cupcakes and sparkling conversation.

This year we’re going to be making connections with Manchester Friends of the Earth’s recent campaigning to highlight the importance of biodiversity in cities. We’ll be in the Northern Quarter again and hopefully near the famous bee hotel. We will be offering hot drinks and lovely cupcakes.

Over the last fifty years our cities have been developed to make more and more space for the car. Supermarkets and malls, with massive car parks, have often overpowered local businesses in city locations. At the same time our streets have become noisy, polluted and unpleasant.  These policies have high costs in terms of air pollution, congestion and health.  PARK(ing) Day highlights the need to make our streets more attractive for residents and visitors, and improve the environment for businesses

Imagine if our cities had fewer spaces for cars and more room for people. We are inviting people to help us make parking spaces more sociable, fun and colourful. Join us on the day for coffee, cake and a chat or send us a photo of how people can help make cities greener.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global worldwide event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing) spaces: temporary public places.

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 … at least until the meter runs out!

If you would like to help out on the day please contact: pete@manchesterfoe.org.uk

When: Friday 20th September, 9am till 5pm

Where: Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester City Centre.

– See more at: http://www.manchesterfoe.org.uk/events/event/plant-an-idea-parking-day/#sthash.8bxTlzrj.dpuf

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