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Buffalo PARK(ing) Day?

Hmmm… it seems as if PARK(ing) Day in Buffalo has been temporarily disbanded? One of the drivers (actually more of a cyclist) behind the annual event in previous years was community activist Dana Saylor. But now Dana is focusing on a new adventure called Tesla Fest.

According to Dana, PARK(ing) Day took place all over the country, the world in fact. The grassroots undertaking essentially relied on individual activists within their respective cities to orchestrate the micro pop-up events. Under Dana’s stewardship, Buffalo pulled off a few amazing Park(ing) Days during the month of September.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

I found it odd that I had not heard any rumblings of PARK(ing) Day in 2017, and gave Dana a jingle. I soon discovered that no one had planned for an event in Buffalo. What a bummer. It appears as if a number of cities have identified this coming Friday, September 15, as the day to pull off the grassroots’ stunt, which basically turns parking spaces into community spaces. While there is unfortunately no one promoting/rallying PARK(ing) Day in Buffalo this year, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist (it’s always available for the taking). That means that it’s up to you Joe and Joanne Buffalo!

If you do decide to pull something off, be sure to heed Dana’s advice that she passed along to me. While this is a rogue grassroots undertaking, the national group that started the initiative advises that people contact their police district to inform them that they are taking part in the worldwide event. In the past, everyone had a good time, and I never heard of anyone being ousted from their turf, or any other problems. It was a good time all around. But it’s always best to air on the side of caution.

It would be great to see some group pick up and run with this annual event. Just saying.

If you’re interested in seeing what sort of things Buffalonians have done in the past, click here.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Cvepo

    Why don’t you organize it then? I’m sure Dana has other things on her plate. If it bothers you so much, just do it yourself instead of wasting the energy writing this…

  • Ivan Putski Jr

    i feel ashamed owning a car. i might just ride my bike or use metro here on out

  • laldm109

    Not to worry! There is an event planned! Facebook event here:

    • mightyNiagara

      why is gyspy parlor in the event photos? that’s on grant.

      • DeeDee

        The run the bar that’s in the market.

        • mightyNiagara

          so use a picture of the appropriate bar!

  • 65OceanDrive

    I find it interesting that 2 of the images you showed were JKLA Park(ing) Day installations, and you didnt reach out to see what we were up to!! We’ll be on Main Street at the Market Arcade Building! Unique “Improv” activities this year along with a unique water feature! Check us out!

    • mightyNiagara

      two photos? well one is from parkside/sweetness7 and it was done before the reorganization of parkside in part as a protest to have that pushed. really fucked up evening traffic that day.

  • mightyNiagara

    “While this is a rogue grassroots undertaking, the national group that started the initiative advises that people contact their police district to inform them that they are taking part in the worldwide event.”

    pretty sure when citizens do ANYTHING whether it’s rogue or not, and is presented in public space, they must respectfully contact the appropriate authorities.

    • Matt Marcinkiewicz

      well, by implication if not necessarily definition, if what you’re doing can truly be described as ‘rogue’, then it probably flies in the face of what the authorities would want. So I wouldn’t call this undertaking ‘rogue’–grassroots, definitely, but not rogue. New urbanists are never anarchists.

  • Everything is Great

    The only thing more destructive than cars are people. Both should perish in a fiery hell, although I’m agnostic.

    • eagercolin

      Tough, but fair.

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    ‘air on the side of caution’

    thought eagercolin would’ve been all over this one

    • eagercolin

      I aired in not catching this one.