On Friday, September 20, PARK(ing) Day came to Columbia, and, thanks to EngenuitySC’s involvement, the river came to Main Street.

An open-source, global event, PARK(ing) Day seeks to engage the public in considering how urban space is used by transforming parking spaces into “parks” for a day. The City of Columbia, in partnership with the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects and One Columbia for Arts and History, facilitated Columbia’s 5th Annual Park(ing) Day. For just one day, this event reclaims on-street parking spaces as public space by the installation of temporary elements like seating, art, games and more to encourage people to interact in the public right-of-way.  

EngenuitySC used the event to highlight one of the Midlands’ greatest assets – its rivers – while also drawing attention to our recent work at Riverfront Park to improve accessibility and the visitor experience through Do Good Columbia. With Adirondack chairs and a hammock – both of which can now be found along the banks of the river at Riverfront – for the main seating area, live plants provided by Gardener’s Outpost, and even the “river” itself, EngenuitySC’s park offered fishing, tubing, kayaking and lounging – all within metered parking spaces 439 and 441! Like the real Riverfront Park, EngenuitySC sought to provide the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure – and if you ask us, we think we pulled it off pretty well.

Many thanks to Gardener’s Outpost for providing live plants, as well as to all of our friends and partners for visiting us throughout the day!