PARK(ing) Day – Friday, September 21st

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.

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

Create Your Own Pop-Up Park

Applications will be accepted for PARK(ing) Day until August 24.

PARK(ing) Day 2018 Poster

Check out our guidelines (link in the sidebar) to learn more about the application process and requirements for the event and start planning your installation. This year we are making it easier than ever and more fun to host a pop-up park. Locate your installation in one of our six clusters and you will be alongside other pop-up parks, have better visibility to visitors, and let SDOT handle all the logistics. Simply indicate you want to be in a cluster on your application, they are located in areas with high foot traffic in:

  • Beacon Hill
  • Capitol Hill
  • West Seattle
  • U. District
  • Lake City
  • Rainier Beach

Awards and Award Ceremony

In partnership with the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) and Design in Public, this year we will be holding a celebration and awards ceremony at the Center for Architecture and Design from 7PM – 9PM on September 21 to recognize the installations that YOU vote for as exemplifying the goals of PARK(ing) Day. So be creative, and have fun and maybe you’ll be honored with the:

  • Pavement Upcycle Award: Most creative use of space
    Helps people to shift their perspective from a parking space into an alternate reality capable of shifting perspectives
  • Collective Effervescence Award: Most connected to community
    Produces a magical experience when participants have an emotional connection that happens when we are part of something bigger than ourselves
  • TRUST Award: Most interactive programming
    Actively engages passerby in activities, discussion, and/or educational opportunities that are designed for TRUST (the theme of this year’s Seattle Design Festival)

Looking for Support?

NEW THIS YEAR: Info Sessions!

Interested in learning more about PARK(ing) Day? Join us at one of our three PARK(ing) Day Info Sessions between July 30 and August 10 – check back for more information!

  • North - Bulldog News Parklet
  • Central - Sugar Plum Parklet
  • South - Tin Umbrella Coffee Parklet

The info sessions are an opportunity to see examples of PARK(ing) Day installations, review the application process, and ask questions. Folks will also have the opportunity to learn more about the option of locating in a cluster. Light refreshments provided!

Neighborhood Matching Fund

If you would like to participate in PARK(ing) Day, but need financial assistance, consider applying to the City of Seattle’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 10.

Related Events

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.

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