PARK(ing) Day

What It Is

PARK(ing) Day is an annual global placemaking event in which community members lead the temporary transformation of parking spaces into people spaces. Taking place every third Friday of September, Seattle’s participation in PARK(ing) Day gives residents an opportunity to reimagine how streets can be used. Originating as a grassroots movement, the initiative has served as a way to repurpose public space and allows for communities to add park space where it is currently limited. In Seattle, we want to encourage communities to use streets as sites for public expression and creative experimentation, as well as for enjoyment of health and wellness.

PARK(ing) Day occurs during the Seattle Design Festival: two weeks of citywide activities, tours, presentations, workshops and exhibits exploring the role of design in our city.

PARK(ing) Day 2017 was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated!

Program Goals

Seattle PARK(ing) Day seeks to:

  • Inspire residents, businesses, and community organizations to use their streets for creative placemaking and demonstration projects
  • Strengthen community connections
  • Increase awareness about the importance of walkable, livable, and healthy cities
  • Encourage residents to reimagine public space in ways that can be replicated elsewhere

Apply for a PARK(ing) Day Permit

Applications for PARK(ing) Day 2018 will become available on Wednesday, July 18. Check out our PARK(ing) Day Guidelines (coming soon) to learn more about the application process and the requirements for the event and start planning your installation. Email the program manager Kadie Bell at kadie.bell@seattle.gov to stay up on the latest!

Financial Assistance

If you would like to participate in PARK(ing) Day and you need financial assistance, consider applying to the Department of Neighborhood's Neighborhood Matching Fund! Since 1988, the Fund has awarded more than $49 million to more than 5,000 projects throughout Seattle and generated an additional $72 million of community match. Submit your application before August 10th!

2017 Highlights

A pop-up park with games for children
A pop-up park streatery
A pop-up park with granola bars
A pop-up park with art
A pop-up park streatery with celebration
A pop-up park streatery
A pop-up park
A pop-up park with street art and dancing
A pop-up park with games
A pop-up park
A pop-up park streatery with art
A pop-up park with art
A pop-up park with art and games
A pop-up park with games
A pop-up park tea party
A pop-up park
A pop-up park
A pop-up park streatery
A pop-up park
Park + Paint by MG2
A pop-up park streatery
A parklet