PARK(ing) Day


What Is PARK(ing) Day?

PARK(ing) Day is an international event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks or parklets. 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 public space in communities 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!

When Is PARK(ing) Day?

The third Friday of September every year. This year it will be on September 21st from 9:00am-5:00pm.


Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar:


Who Can Participate?

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

How To Participate

To build your very own parklet in Nashville, you or someone on your team must download the NCDC app on the App Store or Google Play

  1. Search “NCDC” on the App Store or Google Play
  2. Download the Nashville Civic Design Center App
  3. Open PARK(ing) Day and create a profile
  4. Locate your desired space from the Parklet Map
  5. Determine the parklet number by clicking on your preferred green location pin from the map
  6. Register Your Parklet
  7. Build and Install your parklet in your spot on Sept. 21st 2018
  8. Attend the Golden Cone Awards and see if you won!

Where Is PARK(ing) Day?

The NCDC reserves locations throughout downtown Nashville through Metro Nashville Public Works.  The green spots on the map below show locations where you can reserve a space to build your parklet. The red spots have been already been claimed by other parklet builder teams. 


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