Lenox Square to be transformed into mini parks

Lenox Square’s parking lot will be transformed into 40 mini parks this weekend. CONTRIBUTED

Lenox Square’s parking lot will be transformed into 40 mini parks this weekend. CONTRIBUTED

PARK(ing) Day – an event that transforms Lenox Square’s parking lot into 40 mini parks — just got a bit greener. Cherry Street Energy has signed on as the energy sponsor of Livable Buckhead and will provide solar-powered generators for the Sept. 14 event, the first of three that will be powered almost entirely by sustainable energy during the remainder of 2018.

Cherry Street Energy’s solar generators will power food trucks for PARK(ing) Day, and will also supply power for two outdoor movie screenings Livable Buckhead plans to host in October. Livable Buckhead and Cherry Street Energy will also work together to explore ways to incorporate solar-powered features along PATH400 and in its connected parks.

Cherry Street Energy’s renewable energy solutions help diversify and transform Georgia’s energy marketplace. The first and largest non-utility of its kind in the state, Cherry Street Energy provides municipalities, commercial and nonprofit entities a streamlined transition to renewable power. The company offers simple and economic solutions for customers to purchase sustainable energy and decrease their carbon footprint.

The solar generators are just one aspect of Livable Buckhead’s efforts to incorporate environmental sustainability into PARK(ing) Day. The nonprofit has contracted CompostNow to facilitate the composting of food waste for the event, and has partnered with LifeCycle Building Center to assist in using reclaimed material for the mini parks, as well as utilizing them for recycling the mini park material after the event.

Livable Buckhead’s PARK(ing) Day will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Lenox Square parking lot along Peachtree Road. Local companies, schools, nonprofit groups and individuals build mini-parks that demonstrate a variety of creative visions for greenspace in the city. Last year’s event transformed 40 parking spaces and attracted more than 2,000 visitors, making it one of the largest PARK(ing) Day events in the Southeast. Each of the mini-parks will have interactive elements and visitors will be asked to vote for their favorites.

Information: www.livablebuckhead.org.