Newburgh Businesses Stage Second Annual PARK(ing) Day
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source global event where citizens, creatives and community members collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. Started in 2005 by REBAR, the mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate discussion around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.
Newburgh is also taking this opportunity to showcase the unique businesses and community members in Newburgh’s downtown. Last year Newburgh hosted its first Park(ing) Day with three participating groups. This year Park(ing) Day will have nine participating businesses. The small businesses featured are: Atlas Studios, Liberty Street Vintage, Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh Repair Café at Gritworks, Oliver & Chatfield, PANJA, Rob’s Roast Coffee, Shelter House Café,Hudson Valley House Parts
Participating organizations are Newburgh Repair Cafe, Food & Water Watch, and Pop-Up Chess Club.This year Orange County Citizens Foundation supported this project through their new placemaking grant. Citizens Foundation has provided up to ten (10) $250 grants to groups, businesses and/or communities to do “pop-up placemaking” projects.
(Photo Credit: “Blacc Vanilla” Cher Vickers of Newburgh Restoration)