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16 September 2009 @ 01:01 pm
 
PARK(ing) Day, predictably, I suppose, is being an amazing series of hoops to jump through and hurdles to clear. I finally got the permits from the City of Boston for the spaces in the city, and our contact in Cambridge managed the two there, too. YAY!

The new hurdle is that the sod donation may not come through. So I'm scrambling: How do I make a parking space feel special and welcoming and vaguely parklike if I'm not lining it with sod and making it temporarily green. Ideas? I'm currently thinking about trying to use chalk or other color to create an attractive path or labyrinth or something, but I fear that simply doesn't have the same charm as good old fashioned grass.
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Blinkerslinkr on September 16th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Can you lay down some sort of artificial turf? I'm thinking of the green plastic stuff that comes in rolls, if they still make it. Still not as charming as grass, but better than chalk.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on September 16th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
That's a thought! The huge other win of the sod was that it was going to be donated, and then I had a great place to donate it in turn at the end of the day, so it was (a) free and (b) not wasted.
Rowan: Summermzrowan on September 16th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I second the astro-turf suggestion. Or maybe something like these?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on September 16th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
I was totally thinking of those foam puzzle mats, but they're so expensive! We have essentially no budget for this. Still, it's a good idea.
Rowan: Summermzrowan on September 16th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I was amazed that those are only $25 for four 2'x2' mats. If I'd known one could get them for that price, I would have sprung for some for Burning Man! How big an area do you need to cover?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on September 16th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
A parking spot is about 10'x14'
Rowan: Summermzrowan on September 16th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's much bigger than I realized!
ruthless compassion: pricklyaroraborealis on September 16th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
I blame those goddamn big cars people like to drive!
existential hot showerveek on September 16th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
An old rug or two, under a bench?
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on September 16th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I second that one. Rug and bench.
ruthless compassionaroraborealis on September 16th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Rugs! Hmmm!

I have a couple of rugs ... somewhere ... maybe.
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ruthless compassionaroraborealis on September 16th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think I'd love the rug of we can figure out how to get it to me. Hay bale!! Brilly!!
powered by nightshadessrl on September 17th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Confirmed-—the green rug doesn't fit anywhere that I could use a rug. If we can figure out how to get it to aroraborealis, that sounds like a great idea. I'll be home all day Friday, AFAIK, until the late afternoon/evening.
Rowan: Eyebrowmzrowan on September 16th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Or maybe you could get these guys to donate some of their tiles? ;-)
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on September 16th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Potted plants? You could probably even borrow them, although big ones are heaaaaaavy.

Picnic blanket, right on the pavement!
Beahbeah on September 16th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
This. You could probably get a local nursery to donate some for the day, esp. if you returned the favor by advertising for them in your park. I know Boston GreenFest did it that way.
Terry: cartoonyrintrahroars on September 16th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, this was my thought. As well manicured lawns (or sod pretending to be such) aren't terribly "natural." I vote for potted plants, specifically ones that look more like wildflowers. And picnic blankets!
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on September 16th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Sheet plastic plus donated sand, add an umbrella and a towel: beach!
B.K. DeLongbkdelong on September 16th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Because of what you are doing, there are many non-profit organizations or green companies that may contribute to your cause should you be willing to apply their name as sponsors. I mean...cars that park in spaces have THEIR name on the cars.
cinnabarinecinnabarine on September 16th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
It's getting a bit chilly out, so...LEAVES! Big pile o' leaves.
cinnabarinecinnabarine on September 16th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Also, my friend Melissa is doing this in New Haven and here's what they're up to:

"Parking day on Friday! A parking space will be seized (with permission from the city) by the New Haven chapter of Architecture for Humanity in front of city hall. Stop by for some baked goods, and urban planning brainstorming! Featuring furniture made from repurposed cardboard tubes!"
BOB!!: Traincruiser on September 17th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
A kiddie wading pool and a couple of lawn chairs?
lazyzlazyz on September 17th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Pumpkins?, a succah....?
Chancemiss_chance on September 17th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Can you try to borrow some large potted plants? If you had little ficas and indoor trees, up on a short side table, you could get a nice effect. It's probably too late to get them on loan from a florist, but lots of our friends have them.


Huge piles of play-ground sand with pails and buckets would be fun, too, but too impractical to move, I imagine.