W&M enjoyed participating in PARK(ing) Day last Friday, September 20th on Magnolia Ave in Fort Worth, organized by Near Southside, Inc.. Annually, cities across the world celebrate urban public spaces on PARK(ing) Day, where parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks, learning spaces, art installations and more. PARK(ing) day started in San Fransisco in 2005 when a single parking space was transformed for park use for a day. The purpose of these spaces is to center smart urban design, civic engagement and community in a typically mundane and purely functional space. Among other small businesses, design, engineering, and architecture firms and arts organizations, W&M transformed its parking space into a playground fit for giants — equipped with huge versions of beloved games like Connect 4, Yahtzee, and Foosball. No regulation sizes permitted.
Families with young children, friends, couples young and old, and business folks stopping for their lunch break (W&M’s parklet was conveniently located just in front of Heim Barbecue) all joined in on the fun. The North Texas W&M team had a great time reconnecting with each other outside of work, as well as engaging with the community and the spaces we often take for granted. We were grateful to join the movement!