Park(ing) Day Returns

by Gabe Bullard on August 23, 2011

Local transportation advocates are hoping for a more successful Park(ing) Day this year.

On Park(ing) Day, participants around the world temporarily turn metered parking spaces into small green spaces. Last year, Metro Government shut down one such park over safety risks and a lack of permits.

This year, organizer Branden Klayko has coordinated with the city. He’s planning to have proper clearance for seven parks.

“We approached the Mayor’s office with our ideas for Park(ing) Day this year and are working with various city agencies to make sure all necessary precautions are coordinated ahead of the September 16 event,” he says. “We are reaching out to gauge community interest in the concept and to find creative designs for the seven planned “parklets.” We wanted to bring the community on board in an open process rather than decide everything behind closed doors.”

Klayko and Urban Design Studios are currently accepting proposals for the designs of the parks. The deadline for submissions is midnight tomorrow. Park(ing) is September 16.

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