An explanation for all those little parks around the city

Dozens of parking-spot sized parklets are going to be popping up all around the city tomorrow, including three in South Philly.

The ephemeral, tiny parks are part of Park(ing) Day, a one-day statement against using cars in the city (just don’t tell some South Philly folk). Participants decorate the spots with plants and benches or artwork and hang out all day in the street.

She looks like she’s having fun – last year at 2nd and Market

“By turning parking spaces into instant parks, [National] Park(ing) Day is a creative way to demonstrate the real need to create more parks in our cities,” Will Rogers, president of the Trust for Public Land (not the TV cowboy), said in a news release.

Down south, they’ll be installed at Broad and Snyder, the 900 block of Wharton, and 15th and Mifflin. Check here for more information and who’s running them all around town. The miniparks are partially what inspired the University City District to create three permanent parklets in their neighborhood. Maybe this could encourage the East Passyunk BID and PARC to do the same down here. In front of Plenty, maybe?