Office of Mayor William Peduto
City, Mayor to Participate in PARK(ing) Day Festivities
Mayor, city employees donate parking spaces for day long installation

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 19, 2014) - Today the City of Pittsburgh joins numerous organizations across the city in celebration of PARK(ing) Day. City employees, local civic groups, artists, business owners and others will create installations in metered parking spaces in neighborhoods throughout the city. The project is designed to help residents re-imagine the way public space is used and to create temporary art and/or parks for the general public to enjoy.

The City of Pittsburgh will have two installations along Fourth Avenue between Ross Street and Grant Street, adjacent to the City-County Building.  One will consist of a recreated Pennsylvania State Park Beach in designated spaces donated by the following members of the Mayor’s Office: Mayor William Peduto; Chief of Staff, Kevin Acklin; Chief Administration Officer, Deb Lestitian; and Chief Urban Affairs Officer, Valerie MacDonald-Roberts.  This installation will also be facilitated by the donation of parking spaces by City Council members Burgess, Gilman, Gross, LaVelle, O'Connor, Rudiak, Kraus and Solicitor Sanchez-Ridge across Fourth Avenue to allow ample space for cars to safely navigate Fourth Avenue while accommodating the installation.  The Department of Finance will create a second installation on Fourth Avenue in the space of Finance Director, Paul Leger. Both city installations will be facilitated by the lending of materials, expertise, and creativity from the Department of Public Works and Department of Parks and Recreation.

City employees and the public are invited to bring beach toys, chairs, books, or anything else that might help make the installation experience more enjoyable. Some water will also be provided for folks who would like to build sand castles.  

The installation will be available for the public to enjoy from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mayor William Peduto is scheduled to visit each installation on Fourth Avenue after a 10 a.m. appearance in the lobby of the City-County Building.

PARK(ing) Day installations across the city can be viewed here.



Inquiries about participation in PARK(ing) Day across the City as whole can be directed to Thor Erikson, Volunteer President of Pittsburgh PARK(ing) Day 2014 and Programs Manager at the Design Center of Pittsburgh: (412) 391-4144 x33 or

Questions about the City of Pittsburgh's PARK(ing) Day installations can be directed to Henry D. Pyatt, Small Business and Redevelopment Manager:  (570) 590-6031


About PARK(ing) Day:

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore.

Information about PARK(ing) Day around the globe can be found here.




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