The G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh spurred a new effort by the Cultural Trust to improve the edges of its surface parking lots. As the owners of a considerable amount of land that is temporarily in use as parking, the Trust is interested in improving the way these sites look in downtown Pittsburgh. The Trust commissioned WPC to add specially made cement planters to line its 8th Street parking lot so the edges of the parking areas could be softened by perennial greenery. WPC provided plantings for three different lots in all and a fourth is to be added this fall.
In addition, the Trust has championed our efforts to highlight PARK(ing) Day—an international event to surprise people into rethinking the use of urban spaces. On PARK(ing) Day people around the world take over parking spaces to create small urban green places. WPC, with the cooperation of the Trust, has utilized a large section of the parking lot at 8th Street and Penn Avenue to transform asphalt into a lush green oasis showcasing examples of different urban greening techniques.