The City of Opelika and Auburn University’s American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) student group will participate in PARK(ing) Day on September 26, 2020. PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that encourages landscape architects, community members and students to transform parking spaces into temporary parklets.
There will be five selected parking spaces (map attached) along South Railroad Avenue between 8th Street and 9th Street blocked off from 1 – 7 p.m.
“It’s exciting to offer something like this in downtown Opelika. The city has been working closely with Auburn University and Opelika Main Street to bring this creative vision to life. PARK(ing) Day may be temporary, but it offers lasting effects and helps shape the way pedestrians perceive streets,” says Matt Mosley, City of Opelika Planning Director.
Auburn’s ASLA Student Chapter plans to create two different (socially distanced) experiences that highlight a connection to aiding the local businesses with increased traffic and exposure. One area will be activity based with badminton, chalk drawing, a plant station, corn hole and mini golf. The other area will facilitate an outdoor seating space for PARK(ing) day participants to relax while enjoying some appetizers provided by local restaurants.
“We are really excited to expand our impact of the Auburn ASLA Student Chapter into the greater Auburn-Opelika area. We hope to influence the city with a new perspective on what streetscapes can include and support,” said Ferrell Sullivan, ASLA Chapter President.
For more information about Opelika’s PARK(ing) Day, please contact Opelika Planning Director Matt Mosley at 334.705.5156.