PARK(ing) Day Comes to Southport Avenue

By Laura Pearson | Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Last year's temporary (PARK)ing space created by Moss. Photo from the Moss portfolio.

This Friday, September 17 (9 a.m.–4 p.m.), a portion of Southport Avenue, from Addison to Eddy, will be transformed into a green oasis as part of PARK(ing) Day, a worldwide event in which people reimagine and repurpose public parking spaces. Participants ‘lease’ these parking spots (by feeding the meter) and turn them into temporary parks for the neighborhood to enjoy. The goal is to raise awareness about the need for more green spaces in urban areas.

Moss, a Lakeview-based sustainable architecture studio, took over three parking spots on Southport last year, and this year it will transform both sides of the street (at 3552 N. Southport) into a Bicycle Refueling Station, featuring trees, shrubs, and sod (on loan from Grand Street Gardens and Lake Street Landscape Supply), bike parking, live music, and relaxation areas. Uncle Dan’s Outdoor Store (3551 N Southport Ave) is lending some hammocks, and Southport Grocery & Cafe (3552 N. Southport Ave.) will provide free snacks.

Writes Moss principal architect Matt Nardella, “Please bring your favorite park gear and join us for a sun-filled (hopefully) day of park revelry.”

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