Sometimes streets are missing something that you can’t quite put your finger on. Urban street trees are of significant value. According to an article by Glatting Jackson and Walkable Communities, there are 22 benefits such as reduced traffic speeds, safer walking environments, and added value to homes.
Owner of the Newburgh Artist Colony on Clark Street, Jeff Link, together with the Conservation Advisory Council, planted 5 new trees between Broadway and Ann Street. He hopes that this will inspire other members of the community to plant trees in front of their own properties.
Without trees, no matter how beautiful the buildings are the street just looks bare…
Last Friday on September 21, three locations in the City of Newburgh participated in Park(ing) Day – an annual event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.
Panja, Blacc Vanilla and the corner of Clark and Broadway were the locations taking part. We all had a fun time and had interesting conversations with visitors. Shout out to NBPD who came by with barricades!
Yesterday new benches were being installed at Safe Harbors Green Park. This is a welcome sight as the park is becoming very popular. This summer a salsa event drew over 600 visitors to the park. People need someplace to sit when they aren’t dancing. The park has become such a wonderful amenity to the community. Next summer is bound to be an amazing year!
Come hang out with us! Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at a time. Join us in Newburgh as we create public spaces for all to share.
Broadway & Clark
Panja – 15 Liberty St
Blacc Vanilla – 197 South St
PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!