A Visual Recap of PARK(ing) Day

A gigantic teeter-totter, a life-sized paint-by-numbers canvas and a recycled tea party are some of the top installations from this year’s PARK(ing) Day.

"City in Colour," installation, photograph by Mariah Wilson.

On September 20, Calgarians flocked to Kensington to interact with one another and the built environment in new and reimagined ways after over a dozen parking stalls were converted into usable urban spaces.

Whether it was interactive art installations, miniature parks and seating areas or even a marshmallow roasting pit — artists, community members and visitors were able to take back the streets and conceptualize a new form of public street life.

The City of Calgary, in partnership with the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects, gave out awards in five different categories, including: most interactive, most creative, most colourful, judge’s choice and people’s favourite. For those who missed PARK(ing) Day, we’ve compiled a list of winners along with their photos for you to peruse.

People’s Choice and Most Creative: City in Colour

Installation by: ISL Engineering and Land Services

“City in Colour,” photograph by Mariah Wilson.

This larger than life paint-by-numbers encouraged participants to fill-in a canvas to create a representation of the Kensington streetscape. The completed painting is being donated to the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association where it will be publicly displayed to represent community values, like cooperation and participation.


Judge’s Choice: Alice in Dumpsterland

Installation by: Connie Tran and Karly Do (masters students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape)

“Alice in Dumpsterland,” photograph by Mariah Wilson.

Stepping down the rabbit hole, visitors to Alice in Dumpsterland were transported to a tea party made entirely from recycled materials. With hanging CDs, eclectic mason jars and vases and painted wooden crate seats — this whimsical installation felt like a streetside wonderland.


Most Interactive: Whale Watch

Installation by: Andrew Chell

“Whale Watch,” photograph by Mariah Wilson.

Whale Watch was an installation entirely built on the premise of interacting, communicating and working together with other participants. Even though it was simply a big wooden plank with a metal cylinder underneath, it offered visitors hours of fun as they tried to balance this gigantic teeter-totter.


Most Colourful: Bean There

Installation by: SMM

“Bean There,” photograph by Mariah Wilson.

Only a hop, skip and a jump away from Higher Ground, this groovy pink oasis served as a seating area where passerby could sit and enjoy the street life with a good book, a fresh cup of coffee or a hot lunch. There was also a steady stream of bloggers and amateur photographers since it was one of the more popular Instagrammable installations.

Some of our favourites:


Installation by: CivicWorks Planning + Design

“BOOMBENCH,” photograph by Mariah Wilson.



Installation by: City of Calgary

“Buzz,” photograph by Mariah Wilson.


If you’re interested in participating in PARK(ing) Day next year or simply visiting the installations, you can follow the City of Calgary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or check their website where announcements will be posted.

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