PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — People often complain about a lack of parking Downtown, but on PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh, there were fewer spaces, but there more parks.
“Around the world, cities are creating temporary parks in parking spaces to show that if we prioritize planning for human beings and walking and biking, the effect that it can have on a space and on the city,” explained organizer Sara Innamato.
There are 19 areas all around the city where parking may be at a premium — as parking spots are now parks. Gavin Neming with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy explained how it was made possible.
Rick: On a normal Friday, where we are right now, we would either be honked at, run over by a bus or taxi and have a whole bunch, we are in the middle of the street. How do you pull this off?
Neming: Thanks to the wonderful network of partners, the PDP as well as the Port Authority, we are able to set aside some space so that we can add this greenery so that people can enjoy it.
A location near the Golden Triangle was decorated with water soluble paint. Food trucks and clothing trucks are a draw, but so are the temporary bike lanes. They are a huge hit with riders wanting to do a lunchtime loop.
“We want people who ride everyday to keep riding and feel comfortable, feel empowered and supported. We want people who don’t ride every day to feel that is something they can do. It’s approachable. It’s something that is possible with your life,” said Julie Mallis with Bike Pittsburgh.
With the streets shut down, people were free to stroll, ride and relax in the sunshine.