Gold Coasters pave parking lots, create (temporary) paradise

Students from Griffith University’s interior design program will give Southport car parking bays a radical makeover this Friday to mark Park(ing) Day. They’re amongst a bunch of Gold Coasters who’ve stepped up to shine a light on how precious public space is used for car parking.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists and designers transform parking spots into temporary public places. In other cities they’ve been turned into picnic spots, gardens, outdoor-chill zones and mini botanic gardens.


Park(ing) Day is designed to spark discussions about how much valuable urban space is devoted to cars and started more than a decade ago in San Francisco. It now takes place in more than 100 locations around the world.

This week’s event is sponsored by City of Gold Coast, who have invited creative groups, designers, planners and students to reimagine popular car parking spots across the city.

More than 50 students from the Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University, will create tiny urban oases in eight locations across Southport with each spot themed.

In addition to Griffith University students’ sites in Southport, people are redesigning parking spaces in Varsity Lakes, Broadbeach, Nobby Beach, Coolangatta and Palm Beach.

The bays are open for public use between 9.00am and 2.00pm on Friday 16 September and a full list of locations is available here.


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