Park(ing) Day will take place Sept. 15. (Photo: River City Co.)

An annual event that transforms metered parking spaces into miniature public parks for an afternoon is only a month away, so organizers are seeking participants to sign up early.

The 10th annual Park(ing) Day celebration will be Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year, all parklets (miniature parks) will be between the 100 and 600 blocks of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply to create their own parks. A community planning meeting will be Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. at River City Co. Designed for first-time park(ers), the meeting helps brainstorm parklet concepts.

Click here for an application.

Other than commerce—no items can be bought or sold at a parklet—almost anything imaginable can be done. Past parklets have included karaoke, live art, puppies, grand pianos, cooking demonstrations, coloring, checkers, dance performances and a water park.

“Park(ing) Day is one of our favorite events of the year here at River City,” said Amy Donahue, director of marketing and communication at River City Co. “With so much creativity and imagination on display, Chattanoogans know how to create fun spaces for the community to enjoy. We’re excited to see what ideas people will have for 2017.”

Park(ing) Day was created in 2005 and has evolved into a global movement. The mission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space and generate debate about how public space is created and allocated.

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