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When members of River City Company were offered the chance to take over and plan Chattanooga’s Park(ing) Day activities, they jumped at the opportunity.
"We sort of picked it up organically," said Amy Donahue, communications specialist for River City. "We expressed that it might be a great fit for us."
The sixth annual Park(ing) Day Chattanooga will be Friday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Both the city of Chattanooga and CARTA are helping plan the event.
According to the event website, Park(ing) Day is an international celebration where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
Last year’s event in Chattanooga featured 33 different "parkers" and everything from musicians to public art performances to games to couches for, well, sitting. Many of the parks include social media elements in addition to activities.
Participants included DeBarge Winery, the Chattanooga Zoo, Allied Arts and others.
River City Company took over the event from Buddy Shirk, a local concert pianist who planned and organized the event. Shirk’s "park" featured several pianos for people to walk up and play.
"Park(ing) Day Chattanooga has really grown over the years since CreateHere passed the baton along to me," Shirk said. "I know River City Company can take it to a whole new level and was excited when they agreed to accept the baton from me."
Donahue said that Park(ing) Day is directly in line with the core message of River City Company.
"Last year, we supported the event as far as promoting," she said. "This year, we want to get people to think about their city and streets in a different way. There’s so much untapped potential."
River City Company hopes both individuals and businesses will get involved in the event.
"All we need is people," she said. "This would be great marketing exposure for businesses to do something unique and creative."
So far, there are 20 confirmed parks for the event.
Park(ing) Day was created by a San Francisco-based art and design studio to encourage communities to rethink the way streets are used and reinforce the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure to promote healthy, vibrant and walkable urban areas.
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