Park(ing) Day creates green spaces in downtown Baton Rouge
POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 4:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 7:10pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — In an effort to bring more green spaces, downtown Baton Rouge celebrated a national movement called Park(ing) Day.
The city and a handful of businesses collaborated to turn parking spaces into miniature parks. The “parks” are meant to promote discussion about urban living and how public space is created, then utilized by the people around it.
Today’s celebration focused on making people aware that these tiny parks exit, temporarily, for their use and enjoyment – at least until the parking meter runs out.
"We picked places all up and down Third Street,” Haley Blakeman explained. “Places that green places could be incorporated; places outside cafes where people could go for lunch. We tried to build on what was already there."
Park(ing) Day was founded in 2005 and has spread to over 35 countries. The annual event is typically held on the third Friday of September. However, the threat of severe weather on Friday, Sept. 20 prompted the event to be postponed until today, Tuesday, Sept. 24.