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 ron@civicdesigncenter.org 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!” (parkingday.org, 2012) 

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


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