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Dogs, people and zombies, oh my!

According to, PARK(ing) Day is "an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks." (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- About a dozen downtown Phoenix parking spaces near First Avenue and Washington were taken over by people, puppies and zombies on this Worldwide PARK(ing) Day to show the spots can be more than just quarter-consuming pavement.

Stacey Champion organized the event, which ran from 7-10 a.m.

Champion says the event is pro-people and not anti-car.

"We're renting the public space," she explained. We've turned the spaces into parks. We have beanbag toss, chess, a zombie park and a poetry park."

Robert Chacon with We-Cycle-USA has a shop at First Avenue and Lincoln and refurbishes used bikes for kids and the homeless.

"It's about showing that the parking space could be used for better purposes like bike parking or a park," Chacon said. "One little space can do more than park a car."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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