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Landscape students mark Park(ing) Day with temporary green space in downtown State College

From left, Emily Larkin, Devon Beekler and Emma Pritchett hang out in a park they built in a parking space on South Allen Street during National Park(ing) Day on Friday. The national day is used to transform parking spaces into small public parks.
From left, Emily Larkin, Devon Beekler and Emma Pritchett hang out in a park they built in a parking space on South Allen Street during National Park(ing) Day on Friday. The national day is used to transform parking spaces into small public parks. CDT photo

A few parking spaces along South Allen Street in downtown State College became a park for a day Friday.

Members of the Landscape Architecture Student Society at Penn State covered the asphalt and painted lines with potted plants, steppingstones, wooden crates and even a nice, plush lawn in observation of National Park(ing) Day.

As a means to advocate for public open space in urban areas, the annual event was an opportunity to provide “somewhere for people to sit and interact and enjoy nature,” club President Devon Beekler said.

Club member Emily Larkin ushered pedestrians through a sidewalk detour along a short path lined with ornamental grasses, shrubs and flowering plants as Beekler and Emma Pritchett lounged in the grass while explaining the Park(ing) Day mission to curious passers-by.

Moon Brothers Landscaping and Landscape II provided the plantings and hardscape materials, and the borough even let them park their park without having to pay the meters.

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