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Metered parking spaces transformed into temporary public places

Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 18:33:08-04

Today, ReCover Acadiana held its second annual PARK(ing) Day for Lafayette. The national celebration is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.

This year’s participants were Healthy Acadiana, Abell Crozier, Right Angle, Deuxième Vie Creative, Lafayette Public Library, Conversation Starters, Vermilionville, Designing Women of Acadiana, Legends, Legends Annex, and the Acadiana Planning Commission.

This initiative is implemented in cities around the world on the third Friday in September to advance the conversations surrounding the use of urban public spaces.

“Last year’s PARKing Day was a big success. It led to policy changes at Lafayette Consolidated Government that allowed more permanent parklets which should be on display sometime this fall,” said Gretchen Vanicor, President of ReCover Acadiana. “We decided to continue this initiative to remind the public that sometimes small efforts can really transform our community and bring life to public places.”