Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, four UNC students came together with fellow classmates and organized the first ever Chapel Hill PARK(ing) Day.
Within the confines of one parking space in front of Starbucks on Franklin Street, students constructed a miniature park in the hopes of bringing the global event to the Chapel Hill community.
PARK(ing) Day, a global open-source event, started when Rebar, an art and design studio in San Francisco, transformed a metered parking space into a public space with a tree, a bench and grass.
The parking space was decorated and equipped with many household and homemade items, like a bench made of concrete blocks and wooden beams, an assortment of plants and colorful, artistic displays. The event also featured activities like mini-golf, sidewalk chalk and live music.
UNC students were excited to see the artistic innovation, but older and younger residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro also showed their enthusiasm for the event.
According to the organizers, there were more than two hundred people in attendance throughout the day. One of the many visitors was UNC senior Mackenzie Day.
"I think the purpose of this event was to create a space downtown where people come together," Day said.
Meg McGurk, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, rented the parking space for the day and purchased several Starbucks gift cards for the event organizers to hand out to participants of the event.
Caroline Lindquist, a senior environmental studies major and city and regional planning minor, was one of four students who orchestrated this independent undertaking. The other students involved in planning and coordinating the event were sophomore Brian Vaughn, who is a member of The Daily Tar Heel's editorial board, senior Alexi Wordell and junior Evan Day.