Boise & Garden City

8th Street parking spot to become temporary park Friday

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance plans to turn a parking spot in front of Bittercreek Alehouse in Downtown Boise into a temporary park between noon and 4 p.m. Friday.
Idaho Walk Bike Alliance plans to turn a parking spot in front of Bittercreek Alehouse in Downtown Boise into a temporary park between noon and 4 p.m. Friday. doswald@IdahoStatesman.com

Between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday, nonprofit group Idaho Walk Bike Alliance will take over a metered parking spot in front of Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Alehouse, outreach and development director Robyn Hayes said Thursday.

The group will turn the spot into a temporary park. It will feature artificial turf, potted plants, a bench and chairs, Hayes said.

"Just a place for people to come and sit and interact with us and other people," she said.

International ride-hailing company Uber will join Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and take over an adjacent parking spot, Hayes said. That parking spot would feature more activities than the Walk Bike spot.

Efforts to contact an Uber representative to confirm details were unsuccessful.

The parking spot takeover is part of a yearly event all over the world called "PARK(ing) Day." The event started in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio converted a metered parking space in Downtown San Francisco into a temporary park.

The idea is to get people to think differently about urban spaces and call attention to the need for more open space in cities.

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance obtained permits and insurance for its temporary park, but it doesn't have to pay Capital City Development Corporation, Boise's urban renewal agency and owner of the parking space, for use of the spot.

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