The GW Sustainable Urban Planning Student Organization (SUPSO) hosted the 2022 Annual Park[ing] Day on September 16.
Park[ing] Day is an annual movement to transform parking temporarily into a place for people. This year SUPSO set up shop in the parking lot on the corner of 20th & H on the GW Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, D.C. The event featured food and games, including cornhole, Connect Four and Giant Jenga.
SUPSO regularly participates in the annual event. According to the Park(ing) Day website, it is a worldwide event that started in 2005 to repurpose parking spaces and turn them into public parks or "parklets." This is an effort to advocate for "safer, greener, and more equitable streets for people."
Insights from Liz Rose, Sustainable Urban Planning student
Question: What does Park[ing] Day mean to you and how does the Sustainable Urban Planning program benefit from it?
Answer: "Park[ing] Day was a reminder to me that our cities are originally designed around cars, not people. I feel strongly about improving the built environment for the use and socialization of all people.”
"I had a great time on the Foggy Bottom campus at this year's event. It gives our program the opportunity to interact with the main campus and connect with other students! We met undergrad students who want to enter the planning field and are already thinking about how they want to improve our communities. I really enjoyed getting to physically and socially interact with the larger GW community."
Sustainable Urban Planning,
second year student