NEWBURGH – PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source global event where citizens, creatives and community members collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.
Newburgh is taking this opportunity to showcase the unique businesses and community members in Newburgh’s downtown. Last year Newburgh hosted its first Park(ing) Day with three participating groups. This year Park(ing) Day will have nine participating businesses.
The small businesses featured are:
Liberty Street Vintage
Newburgh Free Library
Newburgh Repair Café at Gritworks
Oliver & Chatfield
Rob’s Roast Coffee
Shelter House Café
Hudson Valley House Parts
Participating organizations are Newburgh Repair Cafe, Food & Water Watch, and Pop- Up Chess Club.
This year Orange County Citizens Foundation supported this project through their new placemaking grant. Citizens Foundation has provided up to ten (10) $250 grants to groups, businesses and/or communities to do “pop-up placemaking” projects.
The origins of PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate discussion around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.