Does the thought of fewer parking spots downtown send chills down your spine? What if those spots gave way to public parks, though?
That's basically the idea of PARK(ing) Day. The international movement subs public parking for pop-up parks once a year, and San Antonio has been a part of it for half a decade.
“I think it’s just a chance for people, instead of typically being on a soap box or complaining about what we should do, to say, 'hey, we’re actually doing it,'" said Elaine Kerney, a senior associate with TBG Partners. "We’re out here giving positive examples of how much more a fantastic pedestrian-oriented city can be.”
TBG Partners is a landscape architecture firm located on the ground level of the 1221 Broadway apartments. That's where San Antonio's PARK(ing) Day took place.
One of the seven pop-up parks was run by UTSA architecture students. They built a structure that displayed the work of their peers.
"We’re trying to make a difference, even if it’s just this small gallery," student Maricela Casanova said.
Douglas Architects intern Blake Naumann summed the whole thing up pretty well:
"I think the key is just provoking thought, showing them a street-scape is more than just a road or a sidewalk, it’s more than what you see as you’re driving by or walking down the street," he said. "But that it can engage people. It can bring them into shops, it can bring them into stores, provide respite for them with trees and landscaping."
(© 2016 KENS)