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May 3 - Pop-up park to be created in Civic Center parking lot during CNU

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May 3, 2018 - W Projects and Savannah’s Revival Society will transform a section of the Savannah Civic Center parking lot into a free-to-the-public pop-up park from Wednesday, May 16 through Saturday, May 19. The project, in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), is part of the CNU’s annual Congress – CNU 26.Savannah – a global conference addressing urban living, social justice and civic stability, being held at the Civic Center and around the historic downtown Savannah. 

This installation is part of the expanding ‘tactical urbanism’ movement, the creation of low-cost, short-term community-based projects transforming sections of urban environments into safer, livelier and more livable spaces. 
 
“In conjunction with this gathering of some of the most innovative minds in urban living and inspired by the pavement-to-park phenomena, we were challenged to transform a paved parking lot into an environment that both conference attendees and Savannah residents could enjoy,” says Erin Wessling, president of W Projects. “For three days, Savannah will have a welcoming new green space right outside the Civic Center. We’re particularly proud that not only will this showcase local artists but that many elements of this temporary park will be donated and hopefully reused by businesses and not-for-profits across the city.” 
 
The 180-feet long x 50-feet wide paved space on the south side of the parking lot entrance to the Civic Center will be transformed into a park-like environment through the use of both organic and man-made materials. Custom-made seating and two large-scale structures created by artists of The Revival Society will be interwoven throughout the park to inspire a conversation of urban revitalization. These installations will be constructed using a specially-designed eco-friendly form of concrete and natural bamboo as well as varying materials that include plants, fabric, recycled water bottles and other repurposed materials.
 
For more information about the CNU Congress, please visit www.cnu.org/cnu26.

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