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A Demonstration of Green Benefits Downtown

Park(ing) Day shows urban sustainability in pockets of downtown Walnut Creek.

There were little pockets of green sustainability dotting downtown Walnut Creek Friday.

It was Park(ing) Day sponsored by the Greenbelt Alliance, demonstrating the attractiveness of green space in an urban setting. There were a number of Main Street parking spaces converted into little green mini-parks for the day, including ones sponsored by the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Bike Walnut Creek.

In a parking lot on Mount Diablo Boulevard, there was Sustainability Park with tables for many green organizations, demonstration models of fuel-efficient vehicles and a foursome of women playing mah-jong.

Triple Canopy September 22, 2012 at 09:38 PM
This City has over 2700 acres of open space and tons of parks. These greenies need to do something more productive than occupying a parking space intended for use by shoppers patronizing downtown merchants. Go "demonstrate" the benefits of parks lin areas ike Richmond, Oakland, and the LA metro area.
Clive September 23, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I think that the Park(ing) Day was a great idea and I think Walnut Creek should have more of them. The spaces offered random places to sit out, chat, listen to music and enjoy the street life. Anything that makes Walnut Creek pedestrian and bike friendly has gt to be a good idea. The city has plenty of off street parking in the parking lots for cars - what the city lacks is meeting places in the downtown area.
eanonymous September 24, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Downtown Walnut Creek has dense concrete areas without a green space in sight. Wikipedia: An "urban heat island" (UHI) is a metropolitan area which is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas. The phenomenon was first investigated and described by Luke Howard in the 1810s. The temperature difference usually is larger at night than during the day, and is most apparent when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during both summer and winter. The main cause of the urban heat island is modification of the land surface by urban development which uses materials which effectively retain heat. Waste heat generated by energy usage is a secondary contributor. As a population center grows, it tends to expand its area, and increase in its average temperature. The less-used term "heat island" refers to any area, populated or not, which is consistently hotter than the surrounding area.

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