2016 PARK(ing) Day Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Spaces

Jesse Thornsen of the Houston-Galveston Area Council participates in PARK(ing) Day.

Jesse Thornsen, transportation planner with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, participates in PARK(ing) Day.

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
    Clark Condon
    TBG Partners
    Houston-Galveston Area Council
    METRO STAR Vanpool
    Texas Tech University Urban and Community Design students
    Inprint Houston
    Falon Land Studio

The event was also featured in local real estate blog Swamplot and previewed in the Houston Chronicle.

This was the second year that RDA organized PARK(ing) Day in Downtown Houston. Click here to learn more about last year’s event.

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