You’ve heard the rumblings about the changes coming to Shops at Park Lane, but now you can experience it for yourself: The Park, an outdoor gathering space in the heart of the shopping center, is now open.
The 10,000-square-foot park is a serene counterpart to the hustle and bustle of the retail side. It boasts multiple water features, an interactive fountain, seating areas, power outlets and Wi-Fi. So grab a latte at the new showpiece Starbucks, then park it outside and listen the water gurgling, get caught up on Game of Thrones from your iPad or, sigh, get a little work done on your laptop.
In addition to Starbucks, a recently opened Zoës Kitchen has a patio overlooking the green space. Another restaurant, Crisp Salad Co., opens in May; this is the second branch for a new chain-in-the-making which debuted on Greenville Avenue in December 2013.
The park also will host a variety of activities. Fitness Fridays start in May, when Studio6 puts on yoga classes at noon; just BYO mat and water. These are free and open to the public.
In June, it's Movies in the Park, a Friday-night series when you can watch movies on the big screen. The schedule is as follows:
- June 5: Pitch Perfect
- June 12: Jurassic Park
- June 19: Zoolander
- June 26: Despicable Me 2
Movies start at 8:30 pm or dusk. Blankets and beach chairs are welcome, but no coolers or alcohol are permitted. These screenings are also free.