Appleton Downtown Inc. will offer "PARK(ing) Day" for the first time as a special feature to its Art on the Town series event which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Sponsored by Octoberfest, the event will feature mini parks in parking stalls in front of 12 participating businesses as part of a collaborative effort between ADI, Lowe's and downtown business owners. The public is invited to enjoy a variety of activities at any or all of the mini parks located in stalls from 200 E. College Ave. to 600 W. College Ave.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event where artists, activists and citizens independently (but simultaneously) turn metered parking spots into "PARK(ing)" spaces - temporary public parks for people to enjoy. PARK(ing) Day is intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.
Locations and themes of mini parks include:
? 227 E. College Ave. in front of Blue Moon Emporium: A day in New York.
? 213 E. College Ave. in front of Studio 213: Play checkers or ride a rocking horse.
? 120 N. Morrison St., on the side of Avenue HQ and The Maker Space: BBQ, 3-D printing demo and lawn games.
? 129 E. College Ave in front of Just Act Natural: Imagine being out on the water in this 10-seat canoe.
? 103 W. College Ave. in front of Shear Chaos: Outdoor living room and the opportunity to have a "family" photo taken.
? On the corner of College Avenue and Appleton Street in front of the J. Hawkinson Clothiers: Learn about emergency preparedness and tour a Red Cross vehicle.
? On the corner of College Avenue and Oneida Street in front of The Building For Kids: Open office hours with the mayor.
? On the corner of College Avenue and Appleton Street in front of Bold Salon.
? 310 W. College Ave. in front of Angels Forever-Windows of Light: "There's no place like Gnome."
? On the corner of College Avenue and Walnut Street in front of The Bar On The Avenue: A hole of miniature golf.
? 508 W. College Ave. in front of A'dore: Food samples.
? 604 W. College Ave. in front of Globally Sound Fair Trade: Park yourself in the garden.
For transportation convenience, the free Downtown Cool Trolley will be available during the event to take visitors through Downtown Appleton and the riverfront.