Photos: Park(ing) Day Mini-Parks On Downtown Streets

In Nashville’s second go at International Park(ing) Day, 30 metered parking spots were transformed into temporary places to lounge and play. The project was organized locally by the Nashville Civic Design Center, with a variety of design firms, nonprofit agencies, area businesses and Metro agencies assigned parking spaces to fill however they chose.

A mid-morning game of chess in the shadow of the restaurants and shops of Second Avenue. Most of the Park(ing) Day parks were built around the corner on Broadway, with a few others in the Gulch and Green Hills. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNMost of the miniature parks were created in a single metered space, although some abutt each other, as is the case with these two.One challenge of creating an inviting space right on the street is creating a buffer between the park's interior and traffic on the roadway and sidewalk. The goal of this park seems to be showing that, with enough trees, the spot can be made to feel almost private. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThis bird is a fake, but there's water in case any real feathered creatures wanted to enjoy the temporary park. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNWhile the trees and shrubs offered by a local garden center featured in most of the spaces, a few parks were constructed without any living matter. These red chairs are bolted to wooden bases, which are in turn connected to a sheet of wood that covers the entire parking space. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNOne of the surprising discoveries of the project is just how much can fit in a single parking space. A space barely longer than the white van in the background holds two seating areas with four benches. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNShipping tubes held together with binder clips and zip ties form surprisingly comfortable and sturdy furniture. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThis corner spot gets a buffer from traffic on the busy intersection with a wall of stacked tires. The ground is covered in the dried husks left after farmers at the Farmer's Market shelled their beans. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNLive squirrels are fixture in most parks around the city. These designers didn't want theirs to be without one, even if it meant going the artificial route. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNThis park included a chicken coop, although the birds chose to stay hidden in the upper, covered section. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLNTrees, plants and artificial turf take their place next to tourist favorites like the giant boot on Broadway. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN
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