Around the Miami Valley
4:06 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Parking Day in Dayton

A parking spot outside the Ludlow Street entrance of City Hall will be covered in grass and plants. But it's only from 7:30 am until five-thirty in the afternoon. The plants are donated, and the City isn't spending any public funds to participate.

September 17th is Parking Day. It's a global grassroots movement that transforms meter parking spots into mini green spaces for one day. This year several Dayton organizations will be participating including City Hall.

Commissioner Nan Whaley is heading up the City's space. She says that this event helps highlight efforts to make Dayton's streets more accessible.

"I thought it was a nice fit for the work the City's been doing on biking and urban gardening and changing the urban landscape as well," says Whaley.

The City's Parking Day spot is one of four sites in downtown Dayton. Whaley says it's a great way for the City to do something out of the ordinary.

"We like to partner with our citizens when they do something special like this. This is fun and eclectic and you know that's something we're trying to embrace in downtown," says Whaley.

Parking day was founded in San Francisco in 2005. Last year there were over 700 sites participating and according to the official parking day website, Dayton is the only Ohio city involved