On September 20th, after weeks of planning, Asakura Robinson helped transform the parallel parking spaces in front of Frank’s Pizza into a beautiful park for Houston’s (PARK)ing Day.
We arrived at the site at 6am and unloaded four palettes of concrete pavers from Pavestone, a truck full of furniture from mod-tops and Kerri da Silva, and a trailer full of trees and shrubs from Riley Fuzzel Farm.
We laid brick and astro-turf, built tree wells, arranged furniture and lined the park with beautiful plants.
Gensler had prepared a shade structure (which turned into a rain structure,) and we assembled it on site.
Once the park was built and everything was in its place the relaxing and game playing began. Even on a rainy day people stopped in to enjoy the park, and many of them expressed regret that it would only be around for one day.
This urban intervention is one look at what we could do with the massive amounts of space we relegate to cars and how we can turn it into space for people.