PHS to create “Living Room” for National Park(ing) Day

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More green, less gray. That is the message the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will share by joining several other organizations and businesses throughout Philadelphia for Park(ing) Day on Friday, Sept. 17.

Park(ing) Day is an annual, one-day event that has spread nationally and internationally to bring attention to the joys of urban parks by transforming city parking spots into temporary green spaces. The goal is to reclaim parking spots and transform them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day a year.

Starting at 9 a.m., staff members PHS will transform two parking spots in front of the PHS building at 20th and Arch streets into a “living room.” The green room will include couches made of sod-covered hay bales, a sedum coffee table, a moss-covered floor lamp and a chalk rug where visitors may fill in the rug design with colored chalk. The park will be up and running during business hours and all materials will be recycled, composted or repurposed.

Park(ing) Day was founded by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, in 2005 to raise awareness of the need for green spaces in urban environments. Philadelphia celebrated Park(ing) Day for the first time in 2008 with over 25 installations for relaxing, cycling, creating art, education, and socializing. For more information on Park(ing) Day, please check www.parkingdayphila.org or http://parkingday.org.

PHS, long considered the nation’s leading authority on urban revitalization through its acclaimed Philadelphia Green program, has been responsible for restoring hundreds of neighborhood parks, creating community gardens, and revitalizing derelict vacant land. Today, Philadelphia Green is nurturing the next generation of environmental stewards, building partnerships and providing guidance and greening innovations to address the region’s growing needs.  For more information, please visit PHSonline.org.

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