So Friday was Park(ing) Day, a day when cities around the country take over parking spots and turn them into urban parks. When my friend Whitney said she was volunteering at the one downtown, I immediately begged to tag along with her for her 7-10 pm shift. Our ride downtown was pretty pleasant, featuring Minnie Pearl impersonators outside the Country Music Hall of Fame:
Blocked-off streets due to a downtown music festival (no problem for bikes!):
And a few hills:
Here’s what we were expecting to find, thanks to the Nashville Civic Design Center’s Facebook page:
Here is what we found:
I guess Nashville can’t give up a parking spot for more than a few hours? I won’t lie, we were pretty annoyed—especially Whitney, who had volunteered her time and was not contacted about the event ending early.
We salvaged the evening with a progressive ride to the Nashville Night Market, dinner at Silo in Germantown and a beer at the Taproom.
Anyone have a more positive Park(ing) Day experience than I did? Hope so.