Tyler Arboretum Takes Its Natural Beauty to Downtown Philadelphia
MEDIA, Pa – September 8, 2015 – In celebration of the City of Philadelphia’s 8th annual Park(ing) Day event, Tyler Arboretum will be bringing 170 square feet of its 650 acres of grounds and a hint of its 17 miles of hiking trails to the center of Philadelphia on Friday, September 18, 2015, as it takes over a parking spot outside Fox 29 News, 330 Market Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets).
What is Park(ing) Day?
Park(ing) Day is a celebration of green spaces in urban places. It’s an annual, world-wide movement held on the third Thursday of September.
What’s the History of Park(ing) Day Philadelphia?
Philadelphia held its first Park(ing) Day in 2008; the City’s involvement allows community groups to reclaim and transform parking spots into engaging, appealing, and people-friendly public spaces. Park(ing) Day Philadelphia has grown from a grass roots movement into an event that raises awareness of the need for green spaces in neighborhoods around the City. Philadelphia’s Park(ing) Day is administered by Park(ing) Day Philadelphia, www.parkingdayphila.org
What are the origins of Park(ing) Day?
Park(ing) Day was founded in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco, Ca. based art and design studio. Since then, what began as a guerilla art project has grown into a movement that’s now embraced by urban planners worldwide. While the initiative’s viral appeal has introduced it to independently-managed by groups in cities around the world, its “open source” nature allows groups to further a range of creative, social, community, or political causes that are relevant to local urban conditions.
Why is Tyler Arboretum taking part in Park(ing) Day
“Tyler Arboretum is participating in Park(ing) Day to illustrate the importance of protected landscapes wherever they are and whoever’s behind them.” says Gary Bloomer, Tyler Arboretum’s Communications Manager.
“The origin of the word ‘parking’ has nothing to do with cars” says Bloomer. “It dates to the spring of 1870 and refers to the setting aside of as much as 50 percent of the width of city streets to create tree-lined walkways and parks. Over time, the trees grew and provided shade. In the heat of summer the shade provided the perfect place to rest and tie a horse pulling a carriage or cart. As horse-drawn traffic declined and the motor car took over, the habit of leaving your horse-drawn carriage under a tree on the side of the street was replaced with that of leaving (or ‘parking’) your motor while you went off to do other things. By being here we want to alert people to the beauty of nature at Tyler, a beauty that predates the car and that is now celebrated in Tyler’s 650 acres, 17 miles of trails, and in its historic story that’s only 16 miles from City Center.”
Working with sponsors Redbud Native Plant Nursery, Media Pa., Tyler Arboretum’s Park(ing) Day space brings trees, shrubs, a hand-crafted bench, and native greenery to lower Market Street in a lively and engaging representation.
Throughout the day, Tyler Arboretum staff and volunteers will be on hand to speak with passers-by about the social, cultural, and community importance of preserving green spaces such as Tyler–in urban environments and in the suburbs–for this generation and the next.
For more information about the PARK(ing) Day project, visit: www.parkingday.org
Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Rebar is an internationally recognized art and design studio operating at the intersection of art, design, and ecology. www.rebargroup.org
About Redbud Native Plant Nursery
Redbud Native Plant Nursery offers quality container grown native plants including: trees, shrubs, grasses, vines, ferns, wildflowers, and aquatic plants for the mid-Atlantic region. Redbud’s plants are grow in an organic, peat-free potting mix, and plants are cared for without the use of pesticides or herbicides.
About Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum provides a natural sanctuary for visitors interested in horticulture, history, and the natural world. With 650 acres of meadows, wetlands, and unbroken forest, and over 17 miles of hiking trails, Tyler is an important community resource and cultural destination and one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States.www.tylerarboretum.org