On Friday, September 20, students and staff from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School temporarily reclaimed three parking spaces and converted them into public "parks" in honor of worldwide PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) day is an annual open-source, global event where citizens take back metered parking spots and transform them into one-day refuges. The mission of PARK(ing) day, which began in 2005, is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, spark debate around the process of creating and allocating public space, and bring awareness to the need to improve urban habitats.
Students and staff involved with each school's sustainability initiative brought lawn chairs, board games, frisbees, refreshments (in compostables), and even pink flamingoes to help transform the paved spots into welcoming gathering sites for question, connection, and conversation. Trey Grayson, Director of the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, and John Donahue, Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS, donated their personal parking spots for the day's activities. Professor Donahue even biked to work!