The 4th Street Business Association, in collaboration with Fingerprints Records and Green Octopus Consulting will be showcasing urban spaces and ‘green’ activities in and around the 4th Street/Retro Row corridor for this year’s annual global PARK(ing) Day event, Friday, September 16, 2011. Not only will 4th street be participating, but the outreach has expanded down the street and across town including downtown, Cal State Long Beach, Bixby Knolls and in the East Village. Stay on top of the latest news about 4th Street’s Park(ing) Day on Facebook, and visit the map at parkingday.org and click on “Long Beach” to see all the happenings in the area.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day—conceived and created in 2005 by San Francisco art and design studio, Rebar—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!
Edsel Lot @ 4th & Cherry: Look for the conversion of this open parking lot into a ‘Sustainable Learning Center’ where community members can make seed bombs, learn how to compost with worms and start a native plant garden. Enjoy live entertainment amongst benches and greenery for visiting with friends or lounging. *Special shout-out thanks to Abby Lenon at Interfaceflor! Other highlights on the lot:
• Native Plants 4 Sale: Ricardo’s Nursery will be on-hand again this year offering drought-tolerate, native plants available-for-purchase.
NEW! • Produce Exchange: Sponsored by Foodscape Long Beach, the rules are quite simple: Share what you can. Take what you want. No cash is exchanged. This is not a place to trade, sell, barter, etcetera . . . it is simply a place for people to share with each other, to provide an outlet for excess produce that might otherwise be wasted, strengthen the sense of community, promote the gift economy, and give those who have no means to grow food themselves access to locally grown food!
Number Nine [2118 E. 4th]: Parking spaces out front will be transformed into a lush park-like setting with an outside dining area!
Fingerprints & Berlin [4th and Elm]: Not only will 4th street be participating, but the outreach has expanded down the street and across town—including downtown, Cal State Long Beach, and Bixby Knolls. [AE2] In the East Village, Fingerprints Records and Berlin by Portfolio with host an afternoon music concert, “LOT-chella” (named affectionately after the Coachella music fest), showcasing indie bands (Micael Pradon of Matteran Ghost and others), deejays and more from 11-2pm. Berlin Park(ing) Day lunch special: free small iced or hot coffee with lunch! Plus: Landscape Design by Anthony Alvarez, art & floral arrangements from Primal Flowers, treats by Shortnin’ Bread, ART by Lyons Art Supply, and more!
To view the other East Village, downtown, Bixby Knolls, and CSULB PARK(ing) Day installations, please visit www.parkingday.org and zoom in on the map.
Biking is a huge part of Park(ing) Day, so we encourage all to ride their bikes between locations! Green Octopus Consulting has organized the following bike offerings for attendees:
• Ample bike parking available at all PARK(ing) Day locations.
• Free California Bicycling Street Smarts booklets for bicyclists at most locations.
• Bike Oasis at Bixby Knolls’ new bike shop, The Workshop [4242 Atlantic Ave.; 562-424-RIDE]. Free air, safety checks, and more.
• Bicycle Portrait Photo Lab @ LB Pedaler Society [635 Pine Ave.], 6-10pm. Long Beach bicyclist and photographer Shereef Moustafa will be shooting FREE portraits of cyclists & their beloved bicycles. Ride on! PLUS: outside “On Spot Determinations and Amateur Opinions Regarding Queries about Health and Profit.”
Stay on top of the latest news about 4th Street’s Park(ing) Day on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4thStreetLB.
About PARK(ing) Day
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. www.parkingday.org