Downtown Mesa Association holds flash park

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

MESA, Ariz. -- The Downtown Mesa Association put together a pop-up flash park in unused parking spaces on McDonald Street on Thursday.

The flash park was open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and featured live music, games and space for people to eat lunch and chat. Organizers said flash parks are a way for community members to meet their neighbors and to embrace the arts and culture of Mesa.

The park is one of a variety of efforts made by the Downtown Mesa Association to build community and culture in downtown Mesa. The light rail is expected to come to Mesa's Main Street corridor in the coming years, which could impact the number of people experiencing the area.

The idea of pop-up parks in urban areas has been successful in the past. The Downtown Phoenix Partnership hosts pop-up parks multiple times a week in Phoenix. PARK(ing) Day, a day dedicated to transforming parking spaces into pop-up parks, has existed since 2005.

Organizers of the event said they expect to host more flash parks in the future.