Pop-up parks land in Charlotte neighborhoods

By: Joe Bruno


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte residents and visitors had more park options Friday.

Dozens of pop-up parks were scattered along Plaza Midwood, NoDa and South End streets for the city’s 2018 PARK(ing) Day.

The concept was started in San Francisco and is meant to inspire conversation and new ideas about how public space is used in major cities.

The pop-up parks included a miniature golf course, hula-hoops and seats and benches for lunch visitors.

In Plaza Midwood, Lyft handed out discount ride codes and free flower bouquets.

“Who doesn’t love flowers?” Lauren Pelletier, market manager for Lyft, said. “PARK(ing) Day is a nice way to prompt a discussion about alternate means of transportation.”

The event was organized by ALA Charlotte, Charlotte Center City Partners, NCASLA and Urban Design Partners.