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Photos: PARKing Day in Highland Park

Across the country, parking spaces were converted to PARK spaces.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual project that began in 2005 in downtown San Francisco, where an art and design studio called Rebar transformed a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an effort to focus public attention on the need for greater open space in urban areas.

Over the years, PARK(ing) Day—note the intriguing play on words, highlighting the “park” hidden in “parking”—has developed into a worldwide movement in which organizations as well as individuals follow certain guidelines to temporarily turn metered parking spaces into public spaces annually on Sept. 21.

Lina Graveline, who own a Usui Reiki studio at 5029 York Boulevard, set up shop in front of her studio on Friday, complete with astroturf and furniture from the nearby Platform Experiment.

Graveline said the converted parking spot offered a perfect vantage-point to enjoy the falyover of the shuttle Endeavour and interact with passing motorists and pedestrians.

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