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Groups transforms parking spaces into ‘pocket parks’ in downtown Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE — A group of Milwaukee enthusiasts is tackling a unique project. They are tasked with taking parking spaces in the downtown area and finding other ways to use them.

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“Artists, designers, architects, citizens take over parking spaces, and transform them into pocket parks for the day,” said Sara Slowinski of Rinka Chung Architecture.

Places where you leave your car were re-imagined on Friday, Sept. 21.

“Reserving these spaces to reclaim this space for the day,” said Gabriel Yeager, who was taking part in the project.

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It was all part of Milwaukee Downtown’s Park-ing Day — where they take a sliver of the urban environment and go green.

“Imagine waiting for our new streetcar system in a space like this,” Yaeger said.

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Milwaukee Park-ing Day

A dozen spaces across downtown Milwaukee were transformed into something unexpected.

“To bowling alleys, to our new downtown go-kart, to pop-up farmers market stands to,” Yaeger said.

To a makeshift yoga studio. The event only went until just after lunch time. But those who took part hope its effect stretches way past today.

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