On Friday, September 16th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Floura Teeter Landscape Architects will join artists, designers and citizens around the world in the annual worldwide movement known as PARK(ing) Day.
PARK(ing) Day is an international movement created to call attention to the need for more green and open space in urban environments. Floura Teeter plans to collaborate with Dooby’s to convert metered spots near the corner of N. Charles and Madison Streets into a street carnival featuring games, prizes, and carnival treats.
The installation’s featured activity, a dunk tank, will give visitors an opportunity to dunk their boss, coworkers or friends while raising money for charity. All proceeds generated from the dunk tank will be donated to the Board of Child Care, Floura Teeter’s 2016 Community Grows Here winner. The Board of Child Care provides a variety of services for Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Their core areas of focus are providing residential services for youth and young adults; outpatient mental health therapy; special education via a private school; and an early learning program. BCC is currently fundraising to add a playground on their Baltimore campus for students attending the Strawbridge School.
This is Floura Teeter’s eighth consecutive year participating in PARK(ing) Day. Firm president Joan Floura says her staff looks forward to creating a new installation every year. “Each year we try to out-do our previous PARK(ing) Day designs. This year’s installation will create a fun, interactive environment while raising money for a worthy cause, all in the middle of Charles Street.” Previous Floura Teeter installations have emphasized the need for more playground spaces for children, safer bike routes and the value of urban gardening and green roofs.
PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when art and design studio Rebar converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco to challenge people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforce the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. Since then, it has grown to include more than 950 “PARK” installations in 162 cities, 35 countries and on six continents.
For more information on the PARK(ing) Day project, visit www.parkingday.org.