If you spent any time in downtown Spokane this afternoon, you may have noticed a brand new park popped up overnight in front of Riverpark Square. The tiny plot of land comes with a big message, helping to raise awareness about the importance of green-space in urban landscapes.
Just as quickly as it appeared, however, the park also disappeared. It was just a temporary installment – part of Spokane's first ever PARK(ing) Day.
“It's basically an open source experiment,” said Luke Schauer with Clearwater Summit Group. “It was started by the Rebar Group in 2005 in San Francisco. It started out as sort of an art project and expanded into the community with these pocket parks, softening up the hardscapes and bringing awareness to sustainable design.”
Schauer says the park only took about 25 minutes to install. First they laid down the sod, then lined it with paving stones and filled in the gaps with beauty bark. Finally, some furniture and potted plants provided the finishing touches. Nothing will go to waste, either.