Salt Lake City Park(ing) Day a Success

Park(ing) DayLogan Simpson landscape designers Tyler Smithson and Whitney May organized a temporary public space in front of our Salt Lake City office building Sept.18 for the 10th annual Park(ing) Day. The pair easily fit 17 bikes into a parking spot in front of the Judge Building at 8 E. 300 South.

“I want to show the importance of urban space,” Smithson told the SL City News

Smithson is constantly aware of how parking needs relate to development and design.

“Parking is a concern everywhere,” said Smithson.

Smithson is an avid cyclist. He regularly commutes by bike from his home in Millcreek to his office in downtown Salt Lake. He chose bicycle advocacy as the theme for the parklet, taking advantage of the parklet’s location adjacent to the 300 South protected bike line.

According to Smithson, the goal of the parklet is to:

  • Encourage people to think about how they commute to work (car vs. bike) 
  • Educate people of the benefits of bikes.
  • Demonstrate more efficient alternatives to a parking stall.