Although few in number, members of the Student Environmental Action Coalition said they hoped to raise awareness of the future of parking lot No. 5.
SEAC opposes business development in parking lot No. 5, which is located near Michael Jordan's 23 on Franklin Street. Town officials are looking for ideas about how to use the lot's space, a key part of the town's Downtown Small Area Plan, which was adopted in March 2000.
"(Our) idea is to let the students know what's going on in the community and inspire them to have a vision of a nice area that will unite East and West Franklin Street," said freshman Ann Warshaw, an SEAC member.
Volunteers offered brownies and coffee to students who walked through the quad. They explained the situation and described SEAC's vision for the space.
"I really would like to see a place where different people can come and unite," said SEAC Co-chairwoman Johanna Kertesz, a senior environmental science major.
"I'd like to see representations of the community in a place that's open and where people can express their talents."
SEAC members shared their hopes for a town square that would encourage and foster the arts through cafes, galleries and an open courtyard.
To emphasize the benefits of the fine arts and music, they displayed paintings and had several bands play.
Sophomore Jon Thompson, Big Fat Gap, The Walkons and sophomore Scott O'Day were among those who volunteered to play.