I spent all day Friday participating in an international event called PARK(ing) Day. Through my “real job” at the Landscape Architecture firm, we put together a “pop-up” park on Historic 25th Street in Ogden.
By taking over two parking spaces for the day, we were able to make a tiny little urban oasis where people could come and enjoy a break from their offices, eat their lunch or just bask in the sunshine.
It’s a small thing – these roughly 340 square feet – but it is a tiny miracle of open space in the asphalt jungle.
Ogden has an amazing recreation side – we have trails galore and parks coming out of our sleeves. But green space that you interact with in your working life, that’s still rare. And re(PARK) provided just that.
And the response?
Overwhelmingly positive. Though PARK(ing) Day is a one day (or as long as the parking meters will allow, sometimes as short as 2 hours) event, we had so many people ask if the park could stay up forever or at least through the Harvest Moon Celebration.
While we couldn’t quite promise forever, we agreed to get through Harvest Moon.
Another long day started bright and early Saturday morning with set up for the Harvest Moon Celebration. Harvest Moon is undisputedly my favorite festival here in O-town, actually in the entire state of Utah.
And how did I spend it? By working.
A friend of mine had a big project rolling out and was also performing at Harvest Moon so we were out to “wave the flag” and support that project as best we could.
And we had a darn good time doing it, even if we were exhausted afterwards.
I also had a chance to wander the street a little and to see re(PARK) reborn as a kids play space – complete with sidewalk chalk for the kids to re(DECORATE) to their own preferences. Later this week, the whole re(PARK) project will take on a new life all over again, as part of a permanent installation at the Oasis Community Garden.
Post project roll out, we headed out on the town with a few fun friends.
Sunday we headed up to support another friend’s project. Five Wives Vodka has been a big part of Park Silly every Sunday this summer up at Park City. We finally made it up there to partake in the “silly.”
And by golly, if we have to drink a bloody mary or two to support the cause, I’ll take that duty on whole heartedly
Back at home in the late afternoon, #thepapas prepared for the early morning return trip to Washington. Both my dad and Nick’s dad were staying at our house over the past three weeks – helping us with the kids, keeping up with household duties, and just being “reeds in the wind,” as they like to say.
They were an incredible help to Nick and I over that time frame and we honestly couldn’t have done all we did without their support and flexibility to just “show up and make it work.”
We are truly spoiled. And we are truly grateful.
[the papas accepting their “papas of the year award”]