Friday was Think Tank Coworking for PARK(ing) Day 2016 in Portland. Parking spots in downtown Portland were temporarily reclaimed and converted into public space.

The event, which is held in cities around the world on the third Friday in September, is meant to challenge people to rethink the use of streets as public space.

Ramona Clark, a freshman at MECA, relaxes in a parking spot that was transformed by Think Tank Coworking for PARK(ing) Day 2016. Parking spots were temporarily reclaimed and converted into public space. The day, which is celebrated all over the world, is meant to challenge people to rethink the use of our streets as public space. (Photo by Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer)

Ramona Clark, a freshman at the Maine College of Art, relaxes in a parking spot that was transformed Friday for Think Tank Coworking for PARK(ing) Day 2016. Photos by Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer

 

PORTLAND, ME - SEPTEMBER 16: From left, Skye Priestley and Chris Bond, of Portland, play chess in a parking spot on Congress Street that was transformed by Hack Portland and Code for Maine for PARK(ing) Day 2016. Parking spots were temporarily reclaimed and converted into public space. The day, which is celebrated all over the world, is meant to challenge people to rethink the use of our streets as public space. (Photo by Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer)

Skye Priestley, left, and Chris Bond of Portland play chess as Chris Bond watches passers-by in a parking spot on Congress Street that became public space for PARK(ing) Day 2016.

 

PORTLAND, ME - SEPTEMBER 16: Rose Bloem, a sophomore at MECA, relaxes in a parking spot "living room". The parking spot was transformed by Think Tank Coworking for PARK(ing) Day 2016. Parking spots were temporarily reclaimed and converted into public space. The day, which is celebrated all over the world, is meant to challenge people to rethink the use of our streets as public space. (Photo by Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer)

Rose Bloem, a sophomore at MECA, relaxes in a parking spot “living room” set up Friday for PARK(ing) Day 2016.