Much of the appeal of a city comes from a positive sense of place one gets. Over the past few years downtown Columbia, South Carolina's sense of place has blossomed and continues to develop. Today's 5th Annual Park(ing) Day in Columbia was a great chance to experience the cutting edge of that growth.
Park(ing) Day is a global annual event where metered parking spaces are temporarily repurposed into public social spaces allowing residents to experience the possibilities of how a neighborhood could be changed from vehicle oriented to human oriented spaces. Columbia's Park(ing) Day is driven by the leadership of the City of Columbia, the South Carolina chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects, and One Columbia. I took my camera downtown to photograph this event where 20 organizations participated this year.
While visiting the participants' parks I ran into many friends, made new acquaintances, had my portrait taken, had a unique poem written for me by Ed Madden, the City of Columbia's Poet Laureate; heard some great karaoke singing, and, of course, had fun doing photography. Here are a few of the images I captured.
2019 Columbia Parking DayLauren skillfully working the karaoke station set up by the Koger Center. 2019 Columbia Parking DayThe audience listening to the karaoke singers at the Koger Center park. 2019 Columbia Parking DayRachelle having a blast singing at the Koger Center's karaoke park. 2019 Columbia Parking DayKarl of the Cola Town Bike Collective repairs a bicycle for a cyclist that was passing through.
2019 Columbia Parking DayLocal photographer Crush Rush and friends conversing on Main Street Columbia. 2019 Columbia Parking DayCroissant was available for immediate adoption. 2019 Columbia Parking DayStreet photographer Robert Coffey preparing to take portraits at the PhotoSC park. 2019 Columbia Parking DayRichland Library set up a park. 2019 Columbia Parking DayHeather putting on her One Columbia button.