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SF State students build campus oases for PARK(ing) Day


WHAT:  PARK(ing) Day, an annual, international event to inspire city dwellers to consider alternative forms of transportation by converting parking spaces into temporary parks, will be observed on the SF State campus Sept. 16, one day before the national observation on Sept. 17. Design and Industry students will turn two street parking spaces and parts of the quad and parking garage into oasis-like spots on campus providing games and relaxation.

Now an international event practiced in cities on three continents, PARK(ing) Day was created by a group of urban planners and designers to raise awareness of the amount of space the developed world devotes to cars and car travel. The first observation occurred in 2005, when a downtown San Francisco parking space was turned into a temporary park. Currently, 70 percent of San Francisco's downtown streets and parking are devoted to private vehicles.


WHERE:  San Francisco State University campus, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco


WHEN:    Thurs., Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


INFO:  For exact locations of the installations, visit: www.sfsu.edu/~news/2010/fall/8.html www.sfsu.edu/~sustain/index.html
or call (415) 338-1665.


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San Francisco State University was recently named one of America's 100 Greenest Colleges by the Sierra Club and one of the nation's top environmentally responsible universities by the Princeton Review.




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