There are a few less parking spaces in downtown Providence today. The city is taking part in the worldwide phenomenon known as Parking Day.
Parking Day is an event meant to promote awareness of the importance of parks and greenspace in cities.
Artists and designers have taken over dozens of parking spaces in the city, and transformed them into tiny parks. Most feature seating and greenery. Some offer ping pong, reading nooks, and even an outdoor café.
Organizer and landscape architect Jenn Judge says parks build community in urban areas.
“Well I think it’s a chance to really meet your neighbors. Face time is really important, I think, a place for children to play, for adults to congregate,” said Judge.
But she adds that parks are more than just pretty places to congregate.
“Green spaces are becoming more and more used for storm water management; treating runoff from hard surfaces through green matter.”
Organizers say they hope the event will get residents to think more about the way land in tight urban areas is used.
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