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Landscapers Transform Parking Space Into Public Park

E-Landscape Specialty Solutions, a Davidsonville firm, created a temporary park inside a downtown Annapolis parking space on Friday.

Lanscapers from Davidsonville traveled to Annapolis to transform a metered parking space into a park for locals, commuters and tourists to enjoy on Friday.

E‐Landscape Specialty Solutions partnered with Richard Sweeney Landscape Architecture to participate in the global event, which is known as PARK(ing) Day. It's celebrated each year on the third Friday in September, and the idea is to create temporary parks in urban settings.

When asked why they wanted to participate, Luke Alexander asked, "Why wouldn't we want to?"

The commercial landscaping company focused its park on showcasing different rainwater harvesting systems and permeable pavers. The trio who spent the day lounging in the "park" said they saw a steady stream of people—a number of whom stopped by to eat lunch.

"The building owner across the street was saying how cool it would be if we could extend the cafe out here everyday," Alexander said. "We hope it spread some awareness. A lot of communities around the world could really benefit from a little greening and a little sustainability."

 

Here's a look at the other four parks that were created around Annapolis:

Zachary’s Jewelers—Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects
The architects from this Annapolis firm got together a created a chess set in front of Zachary's Jewelrs and encouraged passersby to play. Architect  Colleen Bathon said the idea for a chess set came about as a tongue and cheek reference to the Chesapeake Bay.

"We wanted to get the dialogue going that you don't always need so much space for parking, and we wanted to reclaim that space if only for a day," Batton said. 

City Dock—Maryland Society of Landscape Architects
Amanda Seydler brings her daughter Gracyn down to City Dock to feed the birds, but she didn't expect to spend the afternoon playing in a miniature park on City Dock.

"We usually go somewhere else for the parks," Seydler said. "I know she's going to miss this the next time we come down."

The park on City Dock featured bubbles, live music and a red, inflatable sphere that children took turns climbing inside and rolling around.

"The idea is very simple and it seems to catch people's attention," said Brian Vavrina, the landscape architect responsible for the park. "It gets them thinking about what these spaces could become."

Annebeth's—Eden Contracting
Folks wandering down Maryland Avenue in Annapolis could slip their shoes off and put their toes in the grass in front of Annebeth's where a parking space was covered with real sod, potted plants and a park bench.

"We had Johnnies studying in the grass, babies, dogs, out of towners with their plebe daughter," said Doug Sanner, who helped create the space. "We wanted people to have a space to sit, chat, exchange ideas and realize possibilities."

49 West Coffehouse—Garden Girls Landscaping

The rain barrels were the big conversation piece at this park, which focused on tips and tools for harvesting rainwater, said Garden Girls employee Cliff Manlapez. 

The Annapolis-based firm also had a number of lunch goers sitting around the table they placed inside their park on West Street. Manlapez said the day was a great experience and an innovative way to showcase what the company can do.

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