Park[ing] Day L.A. Is This Friday: Here Are Our 7 Favorite Projects From Years Past

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Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM
click to enlarge The San Francisco park[ing] spot that started it all. - PARKINGDAY.ORG
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Park[ing] Day didn't start in Los Angeles. That honor goes to San Francisco circa 2005 (though we did beat them to something else very San Francisco-y this year).

Still: We can think of no place more appropriate than L.A. -- throughout the holiday's 183-city circuit, all over the world -- to celebrate a day dedicated to converting parking spaces into adorable mini-parks.

In our city's fourth year of participation...

... overqualified local chapter leader Stephen Box points out that L.A. has about one acre of open space for every 1,000 residents, and, countywide, there are seven parking spaces to every car. Gross.

In the spirit of solution, all these exhaust fumes and oil spots call for some art, obviously! And life lessons: The Park[ing] Day L.A. website reminds us that "a park doesn't have to be 100+ acres, that sometimes simply 100 square feet will do."

Here are our favorite installations -- via the holiday's official Flickr pool and Facebook page -- to inspire your own piece for this Friday, September 16. Better get on it. L.A.'s enviro set can get pretty cutthroat, for a bunch of breathe-easies.

7. Tire swing park. Can't go wrong with a tire swing. That city tree hasn't felt so useful and fulfilled since it was but a baby seedling.

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6. Park of hella weeds. These guys left no inch of pavement un-planted. And you gotta love the "paying the parking meter" flourish.

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5. Negative-space park. If only all cars were cut from cardboard, filled with mulch and outfitted with Lay-Z Boy-style camping chairs.

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