This year, 12 teams participated in transforming paid on-street parking spaces into free public spaces, or parklets, on PARK(ing) Day, held in Downtown Houston on the 500 block of McKinney Street, right next to City Hall. The event was organized by RDA with co-sponsorship from the Office of City Council Member David Robinson. It was permitted through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.
Gail Delaughter reported on the event for KUHF: “On a normal day,” she said about Clark Condon’s parklet, “this 9-foot-by-18-foot space … is used for parking a car. But for a few hours on a busy workday, it became a space for meditation, a tiny zen garden. … Next to the small garden, a parking space was turned into a playground, complete with games and hula hoops. Down the block, another spot was transformed into an art studio, where visitors could do some painting.”
Participating teams included:
Houston/Gulf Coast Section of ASLA
AIAS University of Houston
Open Architecture HTX/Living Paradigm
Houston-Galveston Area Council
METRO STAR Vanpool
Texas Tech University Urban and Community Design students
Falon Land Studio
This was the second year that RDA organized PARK(ing) Day in Downtown Houston. Click here to learn more about last year’s event.