GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) — Head to any town or city and you’ll see parking spots for cars, but as of Friday some of those spots were being used for different purposes.
Friday is called National Parking Day and Greenville organizations celebrated downtown together.
There was a hammock to relax in, games like giant Jenga, connect four and other activities. Greenville folks couldn’t help but stop by and see what was happening on Friday.
“We have converted two parking spaces here in Uptown Greenville between Reade and Cotanche Street into a public pop-up park, so we invite everyone to hang out, have a coffee at Blackbeards with our discount cards, have lunch and go out to hang out with us,” said Sierra Jones, Communications/Marketing Director of Visit Greenville NC.
Parking Day was born out of San Francisco-based eco-art and design studio Rebar, and the city of Greenville has been participating in the day since 2016.
The event is an opportunity for designers and community members to collaborate on the temporary transformation of parking spaces for people’s enjoyment. In doing so, this event raises awareness of the need for more urban spaces for the community.
“Parking Day is really about raising awareness and bringing attention to the importance of green spaces and public parks. So it’s about converting places where people are supposed to park into places people can enjoy. bringing an urban oasis to an urban area,” Jones said.
For some, like ECU student Samuel Miles, getting out into national parks means relaxing, so turning parking spots into spaces to relax can also mean a break from everyday stress.
“It just means a lot to me to get out into nature and things like that, and it means a lot to me to bring plant life and nature into life where there is none,” Miles said. .
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