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PARK(ing) Day: Applicant FAQs

How do I create a park?

You can partner with SDOT under a free street use permit and everything you need to know about the permit is explained in detail in our guidelines. But here's a snapshot to get you started:

  • Choose two mid-block parking spaces on an arterial street, or one mid-block space on a residential street.
  • Notify nearby businesses and residents about what you are planning to do.
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    • Provide a location description and the parking space numbers found on the round metal plates bolted to the sidewalk.
    • Provide a copy of your site plan. Use the PARK(ing) Day Application to prepare it.
    • Rent and place temporary No Parking signs 72 hours in advance of PARK(ing) Day. Search the internet for "barricades Seattle" or look in the telephone yellow pages under "barricades." The No Parking signs are mandatory, and SDOT cannot provide them.

Photo: Jeanine AndersonHow large can my park be?

Your park should be a minimum of two parallel parking spaces on arterial streets or one space on residential streets.

Are there restrictions on how tall items can be?

Any items over 3’ in height must be placed within 4’ of the curb, not next to the travel lane.

Can I protect or enclose my spot?

Yes! In fact, you are required to place orange traffic cones or posts that are at least 36” tall along the edges of your park. On arterial streets you’ll need at least seven cones or posts, and on residential streets you should have at least five. These will help to define the edges of your park and provide separation from traffic. Refer to the PARK(ing) Day Application for more details.

Are there time restrictions for PARK(ing) Day?

Yes, on-street parking spaces can only be used between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. All set-up and tear-down must occur between these hours. If your park uses parking spaces that have peak-hour restrictions—such as no parking after 4:00 p.m.—then your park needs to follow these rules. Keep in mind that you don't need to be out for the entire extent of PARK(ing) Day—you just can't have your park set up before 10:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.

What kinds of activities are allowed within my park?

Have fun and be creative! You could make the space comfortable by putting out tables and chairs or invite people to play games or set up a table with arts and crafts. Feel free to test the limits of your creativity, but please refrain from putting out banners, charcoal grills, canopies, and amplified sound. More information on what may or may not be allowed can be found in our guidelines.

For more ideas, check out our PARK(ing) Day Gallery to see great examples from previous years.

"Seattle Works" Chess Park

Who else is involved in PARK(ing) day?

SDOT partners with the Seattle Design Festival to plan PARK(ing) Day and engage businesses and residents in the program. Volunteers from the Seattle Design Festival may stop by your park to take pictures and ask you a few questions about how your park is going. We'll use this information to help improve PARK(ing) Day in future years.

How can I let people know what I’m doing?

Share your plans with family and friends and encourage them to create their own park! On the day of the event, show off your park with updates to Facebook or Twitter (#ParkingDaySea).

Is my park considered a “parklet?”

No, but the park you create for PARK(ing) Day is a great way to test out an idea for a parklet. Parklets are mini-parks inspired by PARK(ing) Day pop-up parks. While PARK(ing) Day parks only last for a few hours, parklets are designed as a longer-term re-use of a parking space. Check out Seattle's Parklet Program website to learn more.


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