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PARK(ing) Day and Drive Electric Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
September, 13 2017
 
Contact: Rachael Schaffner
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Sustainability Department
479.575.8268
rschaffner@fayetteville-ar.gov
 

City announces PARK(ing) Day and
Drive Electric Week Festivities on Dickson Street
 
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On Friday, September 15, the City of Fayetteville is taking part in two nationwide events: PARK(ing) Day and National Drive Electric Week. Residents and visitors are invited to attend both events, which will be held on Dickson Street, between University and Gregg Avenues. At 1 p. m., Mayor Lioneld Jordan will offer remarks on the advancement of Fayetteville’s sustainability efforts, including the City’s efforts to build more walkable, livable streets and the importance of alternative fuel vehicles.
 
PARK(ing) Day is a global, community-led event where citizen groups temporarily transform parking spaces into interactive public gathering spaces. Fayetteville’s local PARK(ing) Day event was initiated in 2015 by the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at the University of Arkansas. This year the Landscape Architecture department will transform two W. Dickson Street parking spaces, 7346 and 7347, into temporary “parklets,” highlighting the many alternative uses that parking spaces could provide – such as seating, an outdoor art venue, and greenspace. The Sustainability Department and Bike Fayetteville will transform parking spaces 7344 and 7343 into a multi-use area featuring a lawn sports, seating area, and Fayetteville Public reading nook. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

W. Dickson Street parking space 7347, in front of Blackboard Grocery and Eatery, is being transformed into a parklet through September 2018. Collaborators also include Old Buildings LLC, University of Arkansas Landscape Architecture and Design, and UARK Event Space. The year-long parklet pilot project was approved through the City’s permit processes and included plan reviews from the Parking, Fire, and Police Departments.
 
National Drive Electric Week is from September 9 – 17. Across the country, events are being held to showcase the benefits of electric vehicles (EV's) for the environment and for public health. These events will also highlight market opportunities that exist around adding EV charging stations to businesses and residences. Sierra ClubPlug In America, and the Electric Auto Association serve as the national team providing support to the events throughout the country. Fayetteville’s electric vehicle event will be held on Friday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in W. Dickson Street parking spaces 7365 – 7368. The Fayetteville event will feature remarks from the Mayor and other local EV enthusiasts. Several EVs will be on-site for citizens to examine and get information about.
 
“Our community has demonstrated our commitment to clean energy in a variety of ways, including installing electric vehicle charging stations around the City and incorporating electric vehicles into company fleets” said Mayor Lioneld Jordan. “More electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles mean cleaner air for Fayetteville and better public health outcomes for our citizens. I am proud of the many Fayetteville citizens and businesses that do their part to protect our Natural State.”
 
View more information about these nationwide events:
PARK(ing) Day
National Drive Electric Week

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