Casey Trees to Transform Downtown D.C. Street Parking into Public Park

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PARK(ing) Day 2012 installation near Metro Center station will showcase value of urban forest

Casey Trees' park design incorporates trees, shrubs, grasses and sod and will feature eating areas, seating, games and more.

This year’s design demonstrates how we can improve the livability of our city by replacing concrete and asphalt with large shade trees and green space.

On Friday, Sept. 21, Casey Trees will transform three metered parking spaces in Downtown Washington, D.C., into a temporary park to raise awareness of the environmental, social and economic benefits of the District’s trees as part of PARK(ing) Day 2012.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual event where people transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces. Last year, groups from around the world created 975 “PARK” installations in 162 cities in 35 countries. Casey Trees’ park at the intersection of 12th and G Streets NW is slated to be one of three official PARK(ing) Day sites in the Washington, D.C. metro.

“This year’s design demonstrates how we can improve the livability of our city by replacing concrete and asphalt with large shade trees and green space,” said Mark Buscaino, Executive Director of Casey Trees.

Casey Trees’ park design will replace 660 square feet of impervious surface with a landscape of 15 trees from Casey Tree Farm in Berryville, Va., and an assortment of shrubs, grasses and sod. There will also be spaces within the park for visitors to eat lunch, take a coffee break or play games. Casey Trees staff will be onsite from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To locate Casey Trees’ PARK(ing) Day installation along with all other temporary parks, visit PARK(ing) Day’s official map and zoom into the Metro Center area of Washington, D.C.

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About Casey Trees:
Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit established in 2002 committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. To learn more about Casey Trees, visit http://www.caseytrees.org.

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