Car parks turned into temporary PARKS

Car parks turned into temporary PARKS

SINGAPORE  - 88 parking lots across Singapore have been transformed into 52 creative and fun spaces on Friday.

An initiative that is part of the worldwide PARK(ing) Day event, the spaces that are being created range from an urban farm to an outdoor yoga classroom for the elderly.

Known as 'PARKS', this year saw community groups, local businesses, students bodies and individuals send in ideas to transform parking lots into temporary public parks featuring different uses on an island-wide scale. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Housing Development Board (HDB) is supporting the event by offering parking lots under their management for the public to transform.

The 'PARKS' are located at the Central Business District, Jalan Besar, Kampong Glam, Outram and Tiong Bahru.

Registration for PARK(ing) Day began on Aug 14 and closed on Sep 15.

Participants received a special "PARKing" coupon that they will display on site today, allowing them to use the selected car parking lot as a PARK for free.

PARK(ing) Day originated in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar, an art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park. Since then, PARK(ing) Day has gained a following internationally, with over 180 cities across six continents participating in the event.

This is the second year the event is held in Singapore.

cynloh@sph.com.sg

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