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Celebrate the annual event that launched a thousand city parklets.

Are things looking a little more whimsical out on the streets today? That’s because it’s PARK(ing) Day, the annual event where “citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces” into tiny public spaces, according to the official website. Started in San Francisco in 2005, the idea has since launched a thousand somewhat more permanent parklets, pop-up parks, and pocket parks (call them what you will, but it better be alliterative), and several coffee-table books’ worth of twee Instagram posts. Folks find all sorts of endearing and head-scratching uses for these spaces, from games of ping-pong to hosting life-size replicas of Pokémon. Find a few of our favorite shots from this year’s celebrations, from Singapore to Dallas.

Los Angeles plays itself

It's on! #ParkingDay #TableTennis #StirParkingDay2016 #CreatingBetterEnvironments #Architecture #UrbanDesign #Design

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Ekilstuna, Sweden throws some adorable shade

🌂🌳🚌 #foodtruckfestival #kungsplan #eskilstuna #medborgardialog #stadsutveckling #parkingday

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Hey Dallas, wouldn’t they want a getaway car?

Madrid’s succulent game is strong

Sorpresas que te alegran el día!! #Flores #parkingday #afloremio

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Columbia, South Carolina shows the arrogance of parking space

Montreal’s feet are looking extra fly

Not sure this thing in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, looks inviting

#parkingday #eidaturabo #aslapd16 #eidaparkingday2016

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Snorlax, the Singapore urbanist

#ParkingDay #Singapore #2016 life size #Snorlax #SUTD photo credit: @Joonuts

A photo posted by Bartholomew T (@butternmilk) on

Franklin, Tennessee goes #meta

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