OOBE London took part in this years annual international Park(ing) Day – an event initiated in San Fransisco a few years ago that has since spread across the globe when Artists, designers and members of the public transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. We decided to take advantage of our new office location at Canonbury Business Centre in Angel and took over one of the spaces there (kindly lent to us for the day by Ditto Creative). Artifical grass, colourful gabions, a selection of greenery and a few golf based accessories filled the central parking space. We enjoyed quite a few coffee breaks playing on the new putting green and feasting on Kirstin’s (amazing) home-made brownies whilst getting to know our new neighbours. The weather didn’t offer the best al fresco conditions but we soldiered on regardless of rain and the sun did come back out again in the afternoon.

The aim of Park(ing) Day is to highlight that there is far more to street-space than just car-parks. There is way more potential to even a 2.4×4.8m space (think of how many pedestrians, bees, birds and raindrops could use that space compared to one empty car!). We know there have been a few of these spaces popping up across the country and it would be great to see some of them realised as full time features – We’d love to hear your comments on this one and share if you’ve been involved in this too – there are some great little spaces out there just waiting for an alternative use!