1. MAKE or find a team You'll need at least 2-4 people, depending on how ambitious the plans for your PARK are. Workplaces and established community groups make great teams.
2. CONSIDER your location In 2012, we have carefully selected all the best and safest parking spots along a continuous route which will run from Light Square to Hindmarsh Square via Waymouth St and Pirie St. We highly encourage participants to locate their PARK on the route to maximise the visual impact and fun for all involved. Consolidating the PARKs will also allow time for the judging panel to visit all the PARKs, not to mention all the PARK(ing) Day visitors who can vote in the People’s Choice Award!
If you like the idea of PARK(ing) in a particular area along the route, or if you have a strong preference for a certain location that is outside of the main route, please let us know when you fill in your registration form. See below for more info on parking spaces.
3. CREATE a theme and design idea A PARK(ing) spot can be transformed into almost anything! Make people stop and enjoy your space. It should be fun and positive, and remember the original idea is also to educate, engage and inspire about important urban issues. Check out the International website for inspiration and come up with a creative idea that speaks to Adelaide!
4. REGISTER & SPREAD THE WORD Registrations for 2012 will close on the 12th of September. Register now so we know you are interested and we can liaise directly with you. Tell all your contacts about Park(ing) Day!
5. PARK on the day See below for more information.
6. SHARE the results Remember to video and photograph your PARKs and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be documented See our Photo Tips
Choosing a great PARK
ALL PARKers MUST READ THE FOLLOWING LINKS 1) Rebar's "How to Guide"
1) Privately Owned Spaces Your organisation might have a private parking space you would like to use or you could negotiate use of a private park from other parties such as businesses or universities that are not on ACC managed streets. It is great if the private parking space is visible from the public street and can be accessed by members of the public.
2) Public On Street Spaces Traditionally PARK(ing) Day installations happen in public on-street parking spaces. If you are parking in a location other than the sites allocated by the Adelaide PARK(ing) Day team, know the rules so you can make informed decisions (see links above). In line with PARK(ing) Day around the world, it is each individual group creating its own PARK to make a decision about how you will respond to the parking rules.
We encourage you to choose a park that you can occupy at least between 12pm and 2pm.
To avoid conflicts it is recommended you talk to and choose locations near supportive businesses.
Select a space that your team will feel comfortable using- remember feeling safe will make it more fun!
If it is a metered space, pay the cost of the ticket like normal and display it in your PARK (see Setting Up below)
Be prepared to engage passersby, motorists, members of the press, authorities in a rational and respectful dialogue and explanation of PARK(ing) Day. People are curious and positive about the fun nature of the event.
FAQs for Public On Street spaces- 1) How long can I PARK for? Just like a car you need to understand parking restrictions. In a metered space it is an offense to continuously pay the meter and stay in the same spot beyond the maximum period - so if it says 2P you technically need to move in 2 hours. Read the ACC Parking and You information.
2) Can I only PARK in metered car parks? No. You can PARK in metered, unmetered, on street, off street, public, private, even multi-level car parks.
3) What can’t I do in a PARK(ing) space? Any commercial uses. Under the Rebar creative commons copyright PARK(ing) Day is intended for non-commercial uses, and also commercial/food uses/footpath dining is a totally separate ACC licensing issue. Businesses like cafes can participate but should comply with their existing footpath dining permits. No sales or food in PARK(ing) spaces that are on street.
Setting Up On The Day
Step 1. Secure your PARK Consider the best way to access your selected park on the day, particularly if you will be using a limited hour park over the lunch period. You might consider parking a car in your chosen spot first thing and make a planned 'swap' when you will be transforming the parking space.
Step 2. Safety Barrier A self-supporting boundary is important to provide a sense of enclosure and safety for people occupying your PARK(ing) space. Remember all material must be within the lines of a parking space. It can not obstruct roadways or footpaths.
Step 3. Signs Every PARK must have the Adelaide PARK(ing) Day sign. It indicates that the space has been transformed into a PARK(ing)space for public enjoyment.
Be prepared to provide people with information. If you are in a metered park clearly display your parking ticket on your sign.
Step 4. Groundcover Groundcover is not necessary to all designs but turf was a strong element used in the original PARKs. Alternatives could also include carpet, fabric, astro turf, paving material.
Teams using turf will need to place a tarp down first to protect the roots and for easy clean up.
Step 5. Other Stuff What you put in your PARK is up to your design team, but remember it has to be easily moved. For example, you may have the following elements - a) Seating/Furniture b) Shade/ Plants c) Display/Play
Step 6. Clean Up Easy construction and disassembly is a key design consideration. Make sure you have a plan to reuse, recycle, or donate the materials after your PARK(ing) project is complete! We encourage you to think about how all your materials can be recycled or reused after the event.
Step. 7 Celebrate Stay tuned for details on the 'After Party' where we can share photos and stories from the day!