Wednesday August 21, 2013
The first lane of Jefferson Street in front of Metro Hall will be transformed into a green gathering spot for one week in September, part of an international effort to temporarily reclaim streets and parking spaces and turn them into public places.
“Park(ing) Week at Metro Hall: Showcasing Louisville’s Design Community” is a joint project between Mayor Greg Fischer, the Transit Authority of River City and the Urban Design Studio.
“One of my goals is to make Louisville friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists; to reclaim our roads so they are complete streets – there for all people, not just vehicles,” Fischer said. “The city’s demonstration project in front of Metro Hall is designed to get people thinking of our roads as avenues for all forms of transportation – two-wheeled, two-legged, four-legged, buses/transit and, yes, four-wheels.”
The northern lane of Jefferson Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be blocked to traffic September 16-20 and the blacktop will be painted with temporary green paint (three lanes will remain open to traffic).
A series of small parks, with materials and trees donated by local landscape firms and other organizations, will be created in the space by a variety of Louisville’s architects, landscape architects and designers.
TARC is partnering with a local architectural firm to design a unique bus stop that can be moved around the city. A special area for food trucks is also being designed -- and there will be seating for people to gather around the clock.
Three special evening events are also being planned for Park(ing) Week:
· Happy Tail Hour, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Sept. 16. People are invited to bring their dogs to Metro Hall for an evening of socializing and cocktails. There will be a cash bar and vendors from local pet stores and animal rescue agencies will be set up. Louisville Metro Animal Services, which is overseeing the effort, will showcase animals for adoption.
· Pecha Kucha, a night of sharing big ideas, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The event will be held on the Metro Hall lawn and people will present their ideas for improving education. There will be food and cocktails. Each presenter gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide each to share their big ideas for the future.
· Farmers Market, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Local and regional farmers will be selling their fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. There will be music and a cash bar. Cyclists from across Louisville will be biking to Metro Hall that evening to be part of the event.
Designers/local agencies already signed on to participate in Park(ing) Week include:
· Architectural Artisans
· Booker Design Collaborative
· Henry-McGalliard Landscape Design+Build
· K Norman Berry Associates Architects
· Kentucky American Society of Landscape Architects (KY ASLA)
· Studio Kremer Architects
· Luckett & Farley
· Urban Design Studio