Downtown life is a beach today as sun umbrellas, lawn chairs and a truckload of sand have transformed two parking spaces on Lemarchant Road into public space for all to enjoy.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual event where urban parking spaces are transformed temporary public spaces. The initiative began in the USA over a decade ago and has since evolved into a movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of pop up public areas around the world.
Landscape architect at Mills and Wright architecture, Racheal Fitkowski says it’s an honour to work with a firm who has participated in the fun event for three years running. She says the exercise of creating an urban beach illustrates how easy it can be to create an environment that promotes healthy living.
She believes downtown St. John’s is in need of increased common ground, where a residents and visitors can take a break from the pressure of city life.
Fitkowski says Water Street hardly has any public benches and when compared to other big cities, St. John’s is falling behind.
Life is a beach on Lemarchant Road today Mills and Wright Landscape Architecture employees transform 2 parking spaces into a place to relax for all. It’s part of the annual initiative, Park(ing) Day! @VOCMNEWS #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/jPBZqfysQM
— Gerri Lynn Mackey (@GerriLynnMackey) September 21, 2018