A section of Lenox Square’s parking lot was transformed into an interactive and green event on Sept. 14 with various groups and businesses reimagining parking spaces as more than a place for a vehicle as part of the annual PARK(ing) Day event.
PARK(ing) Day is a national event that began in San Francisco in 2005, when a local design firm rented a metered parking spot and created a mini-park with sod, a park bench and a tree.
Since then, the event has spread to other cities around the U.S. The idea behind the event is make the area less car-oriented, at least temporarily, and get people thinking about parks in an urban environment.
This year, 40 parking spots at Lenox Square were transformed by businesses, nonprofits, schools and individuals.
This year, Cherry Street Energy signed on as the energy sponsor of Livable Buckhead and provided solar-powered generators for PARK(ing) Day. The solar generators powered the food trucks at the event and will provide solar for two Livable Buckhead outdoor screenings in October. Plans are also to find ways to incorporate solar-powered features along PATH400 and its connected parks.
Winners selected by judges at this year’s PARK(ing) Day: