Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Plenty of free park(ing) today in Our Backyard

September 19, 2014 by chris

parking dayWhere else but Our Backyard could you walk to dozens of parks in just one day? Today 32 temporary parklets have sprung up in Downtown, the West Side, and the East Side of Providence to mark PARK(ing) Day. More than 30 metered parking spaces have been transformed into temporary public parks. Designers worked with local businesses to find creative ways to add green space to the urban environment. They trucked in plants, Astroturf and picnic tables to create alluring stop offs for people out for a walk.

On Matthewson Street, you can even use frisbees to play checkers on a board as big as a queen-size comforter. Organized locally by the RI chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (RIASLA), the RI chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAri), and Transport Providence, Park(ing) Day strengthens connections in Our Backyard.

Downtown Parklets

  • #1 – URI ASLA Student Chapter
  • #2 – New Harvest Coffee & Spirits and Carmen & Ginger @ The Arcade
  • #4 – City of Providence – Office of Sustainability & Healthy Communities Office
  • #7 – Veri | Waterman Associates & Northeast Collaborative Architects
  • #10 – IIDA New England
  • #11 – AIA Rhode Island Emerging Professionals Committee
  • #12 – Rhode Island ASLA
  • #13 – The Greene School
  • #15 – Gravelly Hill Design and RGB Architects
  • #17 – Roger Williams University AIAS
  • #18 – City of Providence – Planning Department
  • #19 – Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
  • #20 – NAIL
  • #21 – Zipcar
  • #22 – Gardner+Gerrish, LLC
  • #23 – Birchwood Design Group
  • #24 – The Lincoln School
  • #25 – Partnership for Providence Parks @ City Hall

West Side Parklets

  • #2 – The Groden Center Greenhouse
  • #6 – DASH Bicycle
  • #8 – Climate Anxiety Counseling
  • #9 – Peace Flag Project
  • #10 – Bananas
  • #11 – Cluck!
  • #12 – Elorza for Mayor
  • #17 – Carter’s Permaculture Gardens
  • #18 – Analog Underground
  • #20 – New Urban Arts
  • #22 – Classic Cafe
  • #23 – Fertile Underground

 East Side Parklets

  • #1 – Blick Art
  • #2 – Savannah Carlin @ RISD