Park(ing) Day 2016 converts parking spots to pocket parks

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Parking spots across New Orleans have been temporarily transformed into miniature urban oases for Park(ing) Day 2016.

Spread across nine locations stretching from the Warehouse District to across from the Superdome, the parking space-size pocket parks will be open to the public today.

The Park(ing) Day idea was born in San Francisco in 2005 when a local design studio converted a single public parking spot into a tiny park.

In the past 11 years, the open-source idea has become a movement, temporarily transforming parking spots around the globe into a variety of different relaxing and innovative spaces.

Each temporary parking spot renovation is sponsored by a local business or organization, and each location has an individualized theme.

Here are the Park(ing) Space sponsors, themes, and locations :

  • AECOM’s Green Infrastructure Exhibit at 1515 Poydras
  • ASLA’s Butcher Pocket Park at Andrew Higgins Drive in front of Cochon/Butcher
  • Aunt Sally’s Willy Wonka Oasis at 750 St. Charles Avenue
  • Bike Easy’s Bus Shelter Parklet with Protected Bike Lane at 400 Loyola Avenue
  • Eskew+Dumez+Ripple’s Hula at 917 Girod Street
  • Mathes Brierre Architects’ What Happens Here? at 730 Canal Street
  • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans’ Water Bar at 625 St. Joseph St
  • Sizeler Thompson Brown & The Lemoine Company’s The Grand Pallet Theater at 300 Lafayette
  • Waggonner & Ball’s Our Lady of Asphalt at Camp Street and Maestri

Click here for a full map of the locations.

No two spots are the same, so make sure to take a trip from one relaxing space to the next to see everything that Park(ing) Day 2016 has to offer.