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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A downtown parking space was turned into a park of its own today.

Park(ing) Day is an annual event that raises awareness the need for green space in cities.

Wilmington Downtown Inc. and UNCW’s Masters of Public Administration program paid for and decorated a parking spot on Front Street complete with plants and places to sit.

“We’re an urban environment,” volunteer Mike Lardieri said. “People love green space. Most great cities have them. New Orleans, New York, Charleston, Savannah, they all have green space, and we have a little bit of great real estate left, and we should turn it into a park.”

Organizers say Park(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for changes to urban infrastructure.

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