Parking in downtown Chattanooga was anything but normal Friday afternoon.
You could see anything from artists, live music, lounges and painting demos all over the place. Paige Southard, Parking Day Program Coordinator said, "Its really a program to animate downtown, get people on the streets doing out of the box ideas. We are really focused on economic development through River City Company, and this directly affects the businesses and the restaurants, and we really want to get people out and into those."
More than 40 parking spaces along Market, Broad and Main Streets were filled with special ideas from different businesses and organizations. UTC students took the opportunity to educate folks in the downtown walking by their parking space.
Joshua Curtis, UTC Student said, "We built a fountain to simulate and promote UTC. We are simulating pumping water through and turning a turbine and producing power from that." Others just took the time to relax, while some got creative like those at Art 120. Kate Warren, Executive Director Art said, "I'm sitting in a swing bike that was created on our first urban bike workshops with youth. My organization is all about reaching and teaching through art at Art 120."
Southard said, "It's a great way to get people's ideas out there, see what everyone has going on in the community. Chattanooga has a great interlocking community and this is a great way to see that and see what everyone has going on."