Alvarado street in Monterey will look a bit different tomorrow/Friday as eight small parks spring up during lunchtime in what are normally parking spaces.
The annual event – called PARK-ing (emphasis on park) takes place the third Friday in September each year.
The eight mini parks will feature green spaces, outdoor seating and fun and educational booths from various city departments. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., PARK-ing day visitors can relax and enjoy a takeout lunch in a parklet, or have coffee and donuts with a police officer.
Gardening or landscaping tips from parks staff will be available, or visitors can meet local fire department personnel. Monterey recreation and Monterey sports center will also be on hand to provide physical fitness education, play fun games, and share their upcoming fall and winter programs.
The fun will happen on Alvarado between pearl and franklin. Seaside will hold its PARK-ing event on Saturday.