PARK(ing) Day 2019
Sketch for 2019 parklet concept by LS3P and Seamon Whiteside
An empty parking space. Except to a Charlotte driver in need of a spot, it is one of the more banal city scenes. Totally functional. Utterly uninspiring. (Does a parking meter count as public sculpture?) Then, on the third Friday in September each year a global initiative called PARK(ing) Day encourages a reimagining of these spaces for an energized new purpose–and an act of tactical urbanism.
Charlotte PARK(ing) Day takes place Friday, September 20, when a short stretch of Camden Road in South End and Tryon Street in Uptown (plus one in Plaza Midwood) will be peppered with pop-up parklets from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, reclaiming a tiny parcel of green space from the asphalt jungle. Architects, designers, engineers, city planners and other creatives from around town bring their small teams and imagination to create something new in a blank slate. Previous years have seen every iteration, from a mini dog park to an outdoor greenhouse to a tiny beachfront. All are safely removed from traffic but mere feet from the thoroughfares usually reserved for drivers. Take a walk and enjoy the greenery and the scenery!
Explore the parklets going up from the following teams:
South End: Camden Road between Park and West Boulevard
Stewart / JE Dunn
Gensler & Associates / Balfour Beatty
F&D | integra Architecture
City of Charlotte Urban Design Group
Uptown: Tryon Street Between 3rd and 7th
IA | Interior Architects
Urban Design Associates
Looking for more green space? The Rail Trail is Charlotte’s only linear park.