PARK(ing) Day hits the skids in Charleston

Landscape architect J.R. Kramer, right, talks to a city parking official after Kramer and his associate Jesse Solomon tried to turn a King Street parking place into a temporary park. Sept. 21, 2012 Robert Behre/staff

Landscape architect J.R. Kramer tried to celebrate PARK(ing) Day today, a worldwide event where artists, designers and others transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

The only problem is, he chose King Street.

As city of Charleston officials looked on, Kramer packed up his furniture, his astroturf and potted cacti that he had arranged with care on a parking place in front of 535 King St.

Kramer and his associate Jesse Solomon were able to order pizza for lunch and attract attention from passersby — up to a point.

City officials wearing vests instructed the pair that they would have to vacate the space well before the two hours elapsed on the parking meter that Kramer had filled with coins.

Kramer complied before given a fine — or even a parking ticket.

“No hard feelings,” Kramer told an onlooking official, who might have been responding to a complaint from a nearby merchant.

Last year, PARK(ing) Day created 975 parks in 162 different cities in 35 countries on six continents, according to the website, parkingday.org.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.