Balloons and bicycle-powered smoothies were among the features in 17 miniature parks created in Lenox Square Mall parking spaces as part of Buckhead’s first “PARK(ing) Day” event Sept. 16.

Livable Buckhead organized the event, which featured installations created by local businesses, corporations and neighborhood associations. The mini-parks covered 24 parking spaces 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.

John Ruch

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