Jason Rand
Jason Rand
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Today is PARK(ing) Day, an annual event inviting people around the world to transform metered parking spots into temporary mini parks for the public good.

Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, started the endeavor in 2005 when they converted a single parking space into a 1-day public park in downtown San Francisco.

Since then, PARK(ing) Day has yielded 850 parks in 183 cities, 30 countries and 6 continents! To help inspire more people to set up shop with a park(ing) spot in their local community, the organization uses its Ning community as the repository and go-to place for DIYers looking to make an impact.

In turn, people from around the world are also sharing, in real time, photos, videos and blogs of their creative park(ing) spots made today. It’s truly a spectacular example of the ways people are sharing with the world the impacts they’re making locally.

It’s a (parking) spot-on way communities are using Ning to share, inspire and positively shape their real world communities. Are your members finding creative inspiration and making an impact? We’d love to hear about it!

PARK(ing) Day: Transforming metered parking spots into parks