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

Livable Buckhead is organizing the local PARK(ing) Day event, which will include food trucks from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. so people can lunch as they view the installations created by local businesses, corporations and neighborhood associations.

The mini-parks will be in spaces along the mall’s front walkway, fronting on Peachtree Road.

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.

The mini-parks can be any sort of hang-out spot.

For more information, see Livable Buckhead’s website here.

John Ruch

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