Alameda Parking Day

John Knox White

Visitors to the parklet on Park Street caught sight of the space shuttle Endeavour as it passed over Alameda last Friday.

Last Friday visitors to Park Street got a look at the past flying overhead as they passed by what some hope will be a taste of the future: a "parklet."

Some stopped to chat with the parklet's occupants; others walked by and smiled. The phenomenon they saw is part of "Parklet Day," which attempts to make other uses of tradiional parking spaces and encourage better use of space in an urban area.

Local architect David Burton designed the parklet to fit cozily into one of the parking spaces in front of Tuckers Ice Cream. Parklet Day gives artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places.

While enjoying this design for the future, parklet residents got a very quick look at the past as the space shuttle Endeavour flew overhead.

The shuttle was making a farewell pass over the Bay Area on its way to Los Angeles. Once in the Southland, the shuttle will settle into its new permanent home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.


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