Twenty-four parking spaces at Buckhead’s Lenox Square Mall will become mini-parks on Sept. 16 on “PARK(ing) Day,” a nationwide event of similar parking-to-parks installations.

Livable Buckhead’s PARK(ing) Day logo.

Livable Buckhead is organizing the local PARK(ing) Day event and has opened registration for the spaces at $100 for one or $150 for two.

“All those spaces will be taken over by a different group to do with as they please,” Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling said at a July 6 Buckhead Community Improvement District board meeting. “The more harebrained the better, is the approach to this.”

“What would you do with a little slice (17 x 9.5 feet) of prime Buckhead real estate?” Starling’s group asks in a press release. “Throw up a tent and make yourself at home? Host a barbecue? Put in a miniature putting green? The possibilities are (almost) limitless.”

PARK(ing) Day started in San Francisco in 2005, when a design company created a mini-park or “parklet” out of a parking space by rolling out some sod and placing a park bench and a tree on it. Formal programs for such temporary parklets have expanded to such other cities as Boston. The idea is make a less car-oriented street environment, at least for a day.

“If Buckhead had a birthstone it would be concrete,” Livable Buckhead jokes in its press release, before quoting Starling as saying, “PARK(ing) Day gives us a chance to imagine what we could do if we were less dependent on our cars and could use parking spaces in more interesting ways.”

The registration fee will fund Livable Buckhead’s work on the PATH400 multi-use trail and new parks. The PARK(ing) Day event will be open to the public and food trucks will be on hand. To register, see

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.