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Parking spots near Capitol becoming temporary parks

Associated Press

Lansing — The west lane along Capitol Avenue in front of the state Capitol in Lansing will be closed to vehicles this week as parking spaces are turned into mini-parks.

The Lansing State Journal reports businesses and organizations will host the “parklets,” where people will be invited to play games, read books, sit down to eat lunch, hold a business meeting or even play in a sandbox.

Derek Tisler is coordinating the project as part of the Michigan Municipal League. He says “the street could have more potential.”

The concept originated in San Francisco a decade ago, when a metered parking space was transformed briefly into a mini-park complete with a bench, grass and potted tree. Tisler’s says that was an inspiration to do something similar in Lansing.