SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Some parking spaces in the Bay Area and throughout the world will become mini-parks on Friday, as part of the annual Park(ing) day.

Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is an event where “artists, activists and citizens will transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks and other social spaces,” according to a statement from organizers.

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“Urban inhabitants worldwide recognize the need for new approaches to making cities,” said Matthew Passmore of Rebar Art & Design Studio, which created the first event.

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Organizers said the event has spread rapidly. By 2011, parking spots in more than 160 cities on six continents were turned into parks for the event. The event has also prompted San Francisco to allow businesses and groups to convert street parking into small “parklets.”

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According to the Park(ing) Day Planning Network website, events in the Bay Area will take place in several San Francisco locations, Oakland’s Jack London Square and Downtown Los Altos.