News Release

Downtown Parking Spots Transformed into Public Spaces
Posted: 9/14/2017 3:00 PM
 
The public is invited to enjoy the temporary mini-parks as part of national PARK(ing) Day.
 
Tomorrow, Friday, September 15, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG), along with ReCover Acadiana, Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, Downtown Lafayette Restaurant and Bar Association (DLRBA), is hosting a local version of the nationwide event known as PARK(ing) Day. On this day, more than a dozen local businesses and volunteer organizations will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces – temporary public places.
 
The event is intended to demonstrate alternative and interesting uses for parking spots such as mini-parks (parklets), art installations or beautiful greenspaces. The PARK(ing) spaces will be sprinkled along the downtown arteries and near the sponsoring businesses. In order to capture maximum pedestrian traffic, the event is being held in conjunction with the kick-off of the fall edition of the Downtown Alive! (DTA!) Concert series.
 
By enhancing the approximate 110-square-foot spaces, PARK(ing) Day participants will temporarily makeover one or more downtown parking spaces:
 
Abell Crozier
Architects Southwest
Designing Women of Acadiana
Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Faith Alliance
Genterie Supply Co.
Jefferson Street Pub
Krewe de Canailles
Lafayette Science Museum
Legends
Legends Annex/DTA!
Nitetown
Pamplona Tapas
Phillyana
Right Angle
Tsunami
 
As an additional incentive to create beautiful and creative public spaces, participants will also be competing for the Most Creative, Best on a Budget, Best Overall or People’s Choice PARK(ing) space. This is a family-friendly event and citizens of all ages are invited to visit the PARK(ing) spaces between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on September 15. The winners will be announced DTA!
A PARK(ing) Day Map details the participants and locations of the planned temporary “parklets” which will be open to the public on Friday, September 15 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
 
PARK(ing) day is an annual open-source global collaboration among citizens, artists and activists. The project had its start in 2005 when Rebar, an art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a world-wide movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts For more information visit parkingday.org.