Auckland is home to over 430,000 cars but today a group of people have paid for two of the CBD's sought after parking spaces, to park a picnic.
Today's worldwide Park(ing) Day events are an attempt question the way cities dedicate so much of its prime urban real estate to car parks.
A small group of around 10 people today turned a central Auckland car park into a temporary pocket park.
Each year 15,000 more cars join Auckland's roads and with them come hundreds of car parks.
Taking two car parks on Hardinge Street and using them to host a picnic, play chess and plant seedlings, lets everyone enjoy a new public space and have fun using a piece of our city in an unusual way, said Anna Wood, the spokesperson for Urban Picnic Collective.
"It is simply to start a conversation and some thought about how we use the limited public space we have," she said.
The mission of Park(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
"We are not saying no to cars, (but) today instead of the cars we are putting in the people," Wood said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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