PARK(ing) Day

When is PARK(ing) Day?

The third Friday of September every year.

What is PARK(ing) Day?

PARK(ing) Day is an internationally recognized event where parking spots in various cities and towns are transformed into pocket parks and parklets. 

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat… at least until the meter runs out!

Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar.


Who Can Participate?

Anyone can participate in parking day as long as they reserve a spot with the NCDC before the event.  NCDC is partnering with Public Works to reserve the parking spaces in advance.

How To Participate

Email and let us know the location where you want to set up your park.

Where is PARK(ing) Day?

The Nashville Civic Design Center reserves various locations throughout the downtown core.  The parks will be scattered all around town!

Also, you can check out the PARK(ing) day website to see where the event is taking place around the world. 

Why does PARK(ing) Day Exist?

“The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!” (, 2012) 

Download The PARK(ing) Day Manual: A Primer on User-Generated Urbanism and Temporary Tactics for Improving the Public Realm

Upcoming Events

PARK(ing) Day 101: Final Orientation + Info Session

PARK(ing) Day 101: Final Orientation + Info Session

Join us for our final meeting to talk about your parklet installations for PARK(ing) Day. We will have a short presentation about the schedule for the day and other details, and will also be there to answer any questions you have about you design.

Eventbrite - PARK(ing) Day 101: Final Orientation + Info Session

PARK(ing) Day 2017

PARK(ing) Day 2017

What is PARK(ing) Day?

Sign up to create your parklet

Pick out your a parking spot you would like to occupy. Use the map to see where other parklets will be. 

Once you have figured out your spot - fill out the waiver

Design and plan how you will create your parklet. Use the PARK(ing) Day Manual to see best practices for creating parklets from the creaters of PARK(ing) Day.

Have your parklet built by 10am on Friday, September 15, 2017 so it can be entered to win a Golden Cone Award! Golden Cone judges will be judging parklets from 10am to 3pm during PARK(ing) Day, be sure your parklet is looking its finest!

After PARK(ing) Day please join us at the Annual Golden Cone Awards and see if you won!

Not sure if you completed the waiver? Find out HERE!

Golden Cone Awards 2017

Golden Cone Awards 2017

This event is to celebrate PARK(ing) Day and to congratulate the best parklets from the 2017 PARK(ing) Day.  This years awards will also feature a presentation by Nate Hommel, the Director for Planning and Design of University City District in Philadelphia, PA.

About The Speaker

Nate Hommel

Nate joined University City District (UCD) in 2012, and has served as the Director of Planning and Design since Summer 2015. Nate uses his urban design expertise and dedicated enthusiasm to further enhance urban quality of life issues throughout University City. He greatly expanded the district’s parklet and public space program, and has been influential in developing UCD’s progressive placemaking, and tactical urbanism methodology to enhance urban quality of life in West Philadelphia. Nate was instrumental in launching Green City Works, UCD’s new landscaping social venture, and serves as lead designer for all landscaping and public space projects that the venture executes. Nate is passionate in the belief that Streets are Public Spaces, in line with that thinking, he is one of the founding members of Open Streets PHL and is the External Communications Director for the organization. The Group successfully lobbied for and developed an Open Streets event in Philadelphia, in less than 1 year. A Frequent speaker on the national level, Nate has taken the UCD message across the nation most recently, Memphis, TN, Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ, and Syracuse NY where he led a series of Tactical Urbanism workshops with students and members of the community. He has appeared in various media & publications speaking on progressive urbanism including: The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and RadioTimes. Before UCD, Nate worked as a landscape architect/urban designer for two firms in Philadelphia for 9 years, he served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Philadelphia University, heading the urban design and community design studios for 4 years.

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