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Mayor turns parking space into a park

June 03, 2012
"[The students] fed the meter for an entire day, just fed coins in it. Rolled out turf, put down flowers and took over the space. And I thought it really changed the whole street,"
- Mayor Svante Myrick

Struck by inspiration when some college students pulled off a plot of their own, Ithaca's mayor has opened his own tiny park space, complete with salvaged benches and repurposed tree stumps. He hopes this mini oasis will send a big message.

"I hope people will take a personal inspiration away," Myrick said. "Maybe they'll think they personally can do something that will change the environment around them. And I hope the second thing they take away is the city of Ithaca is taking matters of sustainability and open space and urban space extremely seriously."

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