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August 22, 2017
Parking Spots to Parks in September
Parking Spots to Parks in September

On September 15th, we're changing metered parking spots to mini-parks on East MLK Boulevard. Come create a mini-park with us or plan to stroll the boulevard to enjoy all the creativity. There might even be ginger beer and puppies involved. 


Park(ing) Day is an international event held the third Friday of September aimed to emphasize the important of public space. Metered parking spots along East MLK Boulevard will morph into mini-parks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate Park(ing) Day in Chattanooga for the 10th year.


From the 100 to 700 blocks of East MLK Boulevard in Downtown Chattanooga, civic groups, businesses and individuals can participate in this free event by creating a temporary mini-park or parklet filled with activities of their choice that boast interaction, conversation and fun. From simple board games to yoga classes and cooking demonstrations, parklet activities are broad, engaging and up to the parklet creator.


In 2016, parklets included art lessons, a puppy petting park, a local musician jam space, dance performances, Shakespearean reenactments, a photo booth, puppeteers, lawn games, native plant displays, a mini water park, a collaborative painting station, choral performances, a reading room, a replica campsite and a piano park.


Park(er)s with their respective parklet ideas are required to apply by Tuesday, Sept. 5th. The application can be found at There is a community information session at River City Company, 850 Market Street 2nd Floor Miller Plaza, on Wednesday Aug. 23 at 4:00p.m. for anyone that’s interested in learning more about creating a parklet. 


Anyone that is not able to create a parklet is encouraged to come visit these temporary spaces and enjoy the day’s free festivities. Make sure to RSVP you're coming on Facebook here and share the event with your friends and followers.