PARK(ing) Day NOLA Transforming Metered Parking Spaces Downtown Today

NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Downtown Development District (DDD) in partnership with the City of New Orleans is presenting PARK(ing) Day and transforming metered parking spaces into temporary public parklets, from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

         PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into "PARK(ing)" spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

         Today’s designers and concepts include:



Green Infrastructure Exhibit

1515 Poydras St.

         A "planted" area featuring native plants that are suitable for use in green stormwater facilities.



Butcher Pocket Park

Andrew Higgins @ Cochon/Butcher

         A pocket park outside of Cochon/Butcher that will showcase the positive effect parklets can have on the surrounding community and local businesses.


• Aunt Sally's

Willy Wonka Oasis

750 St. Charles Ave.

         This space will showcase whimsical artworks by Andre Juneau as well as bench seating and tasting tables of Aunt Sally's pralines. Performance by Trinity Episcopal Honors Choir at 10:00 am.


• Bike Easy

Bus Shelter Parklet with Protected Bike Lane

400 Loyola Ave.

         Bike Easy Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors (CCA), in conjunction with Women's Transportation Seminar Greater New Orleans (WTSGNO), will demonstrate a protected bike lane and bus shelter play space.


• Eskew+Dumez+Ripple


917 Girod St.

         Step in and play in the Hula PARK(ing) Day installation. Dance inside the suspended hoops to the sounds of Birdfoot Festival live music. Take a break to sit and gaze past the colorful moving strings to the open sky above. It's time to Hula!


• Mathes Brierre Architects

What Happens Here?

730 Canal St.

         As passersby walk along Canal Street, they are invited to pause and answer the question, "What Happens Here?" The stories collected will tell a larger story of the way we interact with the city around us.


• Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans

Water Bar

625 St. Joseph St.

         The Sewerage and Water Board will host a Water Bar where ice cold New Orleans tap water will be served straight up, shaken, stirred, neat, on the rocks or citrus infused. Water samplers and chemist will tend the bar and answer questions about water quality and composition.


• Sizeler Thompson Brown & The Lemoine Company

The Grand Pallet Theater

300 Lafayette St. (S. Peters side)

         Providing local residents, neighbors and passersby an experience of a retro outdoor movie theater with stadium seating made out of re-purposed wood pallets.


• Waggonner & Ball

Our Lady of Asphalt

Camp Street/Maestri

         A chapel-like place for meditation, where visitors can encounter a new perspective of our city.


         View a map of the various installations here

         View a video about PARK(ing) Day here



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