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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Seattle Department of Transportation & Latino City Employees Partner with Feet First to Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/15/2011  1:45:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Seattle Department of Transportation & Latino City Employees Partner with Feet First to Participate in PARK(ing) Day 2011:
Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people-- Come and have lunch with us!

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SEATTLE — On September 16, cities around the globe, artists and community members are temporarily transforming parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."

This year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Latino City Employees with the help of Feet First are creating a park to raise awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city and to kick-off the Latino Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). We will have lawn games, chairs, music, and information about the City’s Race and Social Justice Intiative, SDOT services, and events to celebrate the Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month. Downtown employees and residents are invited to bring a lunch and join us on Fifth Avenue between Columbia and Marion in front of the Bank of America building between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2010 included more than 800 “PARK” installations in more than 180 cities in 30 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe.

PARK(ing) Day is an open-source user-generated invention created by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative and social causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions. More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found at http://feetfirst.info/content/parking-day and a global map of all participating cities is available on the PARK(ing) Day website, at parkingday.org.  For more information about the event, please contact Sonia Palma (206) 684-4107.

SDOT website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation
LCE website: http://www.seattle.gov/latinoheritage/

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The purpose of the Latino City Employees organization is to encourage professional excellence, provide resources and to advocate the objectives of Latino City Employees.

About Rebar (www.rebargroup.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.

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