Minnesota Women In Landscape Architecture (WILA-MN) and Edison High School students craft an urban oasis out of metered parking for International Park(ing) Day on September 16th, 2016.

Media Contact: Liz Hixson, Director of Public Relations
American Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter
(612) 332-0934

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Minneapolis will soon gain a new temporary public park as part of an international day recognizing the amount of space our cars take up and what else could be put in place of a car. The 160 square foot park will occupy a parking spot near Central Avenue NE and Lowry Ave NE for one day only – September 16th, 2016, from 11am-4pm. Students at Edison High School, together with Minnesota Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA-MN) are designing the temporary public park in a collaborative design process to highlight International Park(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens elevate and celebrate public space, particularly in dense urban areas. Though small in size at approximately 20ft by 8ft, the Park(ing) Day parks embody much larger ideas of city life, fun, the need for urban open space and respite, and the quality of urban human habitat. The parks themselves and the process of designing them demonstrate the ability of a small group of people to make a positive and creative impact on their surrounding environment.

Landscape architects from WILA met with Edison High School students in early September to explore creative ideas, and learn design and environmental principles. The parks will incorporate sustainability, zero waste, recyclable materials, safety, and fun activities including music and art. Through the generosity of donations, students and WILA members will construct the park and welcome the public to experience and enjoy. Everyone is invited to stop by, to relax in the space, and show their support!

For more information:
Edison High School – http://edison.mpls.k12.mn.us/
International Parking Day – http://parkingday.org
WILA-MN – http://asla-mn.org/wila-mn
ALSA-MN – http://asla-mn.org or https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Society-of-Landscape-Architects-Minnesota-Chapter/110914012282849

To make donations of supplies or support:
Contact Allyson at Ally.Czechowicz@stantec.com. All donations welcome, especially potted plants, snacks, water, sharpie markers, and sweat equity. Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org.

About WILA-MN:
Minnesota Women in Landscape Architecture formed in 2011 to help connect, network and mentor women and students within landscape architecture. WILA-MN is affiliated with ASLA-MN and holds events several times throughout the year. For more information, contact Joan MacLeod at jmacleod@damonfarber.com.

About ASLA-MN:
ASLA-MN is the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) –Minnesota Chapter which represents nearly 300 professionals in the landscape architecture profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. ASLA, the national organization, has more than 15,000 members and 49 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 62 countries around the world.

As a licensed profession in the state of Minnesota, landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environments. Landscape Architectural projects range from academic, medical and corporate campuses, conservation and natural areas, historic landscapes, parks and recreation, transportation corridors, urban design, water resources, and commercial and residential properties. To learn more about landscape architecture online visit https://www.asla.org/ or the Minnesota Chapter homepage at http://asla-mn.org.