Park(ing) Day: 2017

Austin joined cities around the world to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on the third Friday in September. During this annual event, citizens, artists and activists transform metered parking spaces into Park(ing) spaces to emphasize the need for more public green spaces.

Parklets were set up in several parking spaces along the west side of Congress Avenue. A community organization called BoomSpace ATX created an outdoor room near The Contemporary museum and hosted discussions throughout the day.

The Austin Public Library set up a small tent near the State Capitol to distribute information about library services and the new Central Library.

Environment Texas used their parking space to educate folks about the importance of bees.

Local company Nido created a multi-person hammock lounge. “These hammock lounges provide you with a way to hammock with all of your friends while keeping the trees happy and healthy.”

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center created a lovely parklet with native plants. They invited the public to “sit a spell, meditate in a juniper hut or get hands on with nature crafts that you can help decorate our parklet with or take home/to the office.”

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