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Environment / Sustainability

Students will create tiny downtown parks for PARK(ing) Day

September 19, 2013

Students studying landscape architecture at Colorado State University will transform several automobile parking spots in Old Town, Fort Collins, into miniature public parks on Friday, Sept. 20 as part of an international design event called PARK(ing) Day.

Mosaics Park(ing) Day design that will be featured near Ingredient restaurant at College and Mountain Ave.PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day, begun in San Francisco in 2005, draws public attention to the vital role of public parks, and the ability of thoughtfully designed public spaces to enrich quality of life in communities worldwide. The little street-side parks are temporary – installed for only one day – yet designers hope their ideas about public space take hold permanently.

Student organizers inspired

The CSU student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is spearheading PARK(ing) Day in Fort Collins for the second year. Student organizers were inspired by a campus visit from John Bela, a noted landscape architect in San Francisco, who started PARK(ing) Day seven years ago.

"Park(ing) Day provides a wonderful opportunity not only for CSU students, but for the entire Fort Collins community to become engaged and inspired by a small piece of land in an urban setting," said Emily Kotulak, vice president of CSU student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

"I know the students have worked really hard on this event and are passionate about addressing different aspects of the landscape architecture profession, as well as evoking thought towards how urban space can be used more successfully," said Kotulak. "I applaud the hard work of everyone involved with SCASLA who helped make this event a success for a second year."

Red forest design that will be located in front of Austin's Bar and Grill at Mountain and College Ave.Visit all three parks 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Students participating in the event will work with three parking spaces near Equinox Brewing near Remington, Ingredient restaurant and Austin's Bar and Grill at Mountain and College Ave. The student teams will begin installation of their design plans at about 7 a.m. The installations will remain intact until 4 p.m.

“Our Landscape Architecture students have again continued to provide this temporary public open space with our downtown area of Fort Collins. Based on their proposals, the students are able to integrate art and design by educating the public about local landscapes, local landscape materials, thoughts on recycling and reuse, and landscape ecology. I look forward to seeing their constructed spaces and witness how local viewers and visitors react and interact with their temporary public open space installations,” said Kelly Curl, assistant professor of landscape architecture at CSU and faculty adviser to the student group.

Only accredited undergraduate degree program

CSU offers the only accredited undergraduate degree program in landscape architecture in the Western states of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program is housed in the CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, which recently added a master’s degree program in landscape architecture.