Park(ing) Day: When park­ing spots be­come mini parks

Park(ing) Day Chat­tanooga is Fri­day along M.L. King

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On Fri­day, Sept. 1 5, you won’t need any spare change to use a park­ing place on M. L. King Boule­vard.

That’s when Park( ing) Day Chat ta n o o g a is sched­uled; a day when me­tered park­ing spots are re­claimed and filled with f ree, i nter­ac­tive el­e­ments that en­cour­age en­joy­ment f rom passers-by. There might even be gin­ger beer and pup­pies in­volved.

Th­ese cre­ative mini­parks are called parklets. This will be the 10th year that Park( ing) Day Chat­tanooga has been held down­town, but the first when all the parklets are in one area i nstead of spread through­out sev­eral lo­ca­tions, says Amy Don­ahue, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for spon­sor­ing River City Corp.

All 65 parklets will be be­tween the 100 to 700 blocks of East M. L. King Boule­vard dur­ing 11 a. m. to 3 p.m.

Park( er) s — peo­ple who spon­sor a mini park for a day — will in­clude a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses, non­prof­its, civic clubs, govern­ment groups and in­di­vid­u­als.

Parklets will of­fer board games to yoga classes, cook­ing demon­stra­tions, mu­sic, dance and even makeup tips.

For ex­am­ple, Hip-Hop CHA will be in front of Un­cle Larry’s Res­tau­rant with mu­sic to dance to and even a few rhymes to per­form for visi­tors. Lanewood Stu­dio is tak­ing over a park­ing spot for a free pho­to­shoot project called “Taste Face.” They’ll cap­ture the ex­pres­sions of peo­ple as they ran­domly choose one of five tastes: bit­ter, sour, sweet, salty or pun­gent.

And at the Green Com­muter charg­ing sta­tion ( 535 M. L. King Blvd.) you can un­leash your in­ner singing star at Car­pool Karaoke, hosted by Green Com­muter Chat­tanooga. GCC will also have tal­ented lo­cal mu­si­cians drop­ping by for per­for­mances.

“It’s to­tally free, and noth­ing can be bought or sold out of the parklets,” says Don­ahue.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Park(ing) Day: www. riverci­ty­company.com.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A chalk­board check­ers game in a park­ing spot was one of the ac­tiv­i­ties at the 2016 Park(ing) Day.

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