Austin, Texas

The number of downtown parks in America will increase dramatically this September.

Friday, September 19, 2008 is National Park(ing) Day, when metered public parking spaces nationwide will become temporary public parks. The project is sponsored by The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national conservation nonprofit.

National Park(ing) Day is an annual event celebrating parks by creating temporary parks in public parking spaces. Supporters in 25 cities nationwide, including New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Denver, Washington D.C, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, have announced participation. The goals, according to organizers, are to celebrate parks and promote the need for more parks in America's cities.

"By turning parking spaces into instant parks, National Park(ing) Day is a creative way to demonstrate the real need to create more parks in our cities," said Will Rogers, TPL president. "Across America, cities are renewing their investments in parks because our civic leaders have come to recognize that close-to-home parks, gardens, and playgrounds are essential if we are to have cities that aren't just livable, but lovable."

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Added by salvo cheque on September 2, 2008