RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- To complement Artown, the City of Reno’s 'Parking for a Purpose' is pairing with artists to paint parking meters and raise money for local parks.
The project officially kicks off on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5 p.m. as artist Michael Lucido paints the parking meter at Moana Springs Recreation Complex. Three other meters are currently installed for the purpose of the project, one in Barbara Bennett Park and two in Wingfield Park, and will be decorated by artists in the coming weeks. On the meters is an explanation of the program and a thank-you to participants for their donation,
Public Works staff will empty the digital meters and track the contributions to the PRCS Department. Councilmember Hillary Schieve initiated the program, which was unanimously approved at the June 11, 2014 Reno City Council meeting. The project hopes to utilize donations collected for Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS) maintenance.
Artists will be paid $800 total ($200 per meter) out of the Public Art Fund. More meters could be installed in the future as city resources allow.