PARK(ing) Day: Applicant FAQs
You can partner with SDOT under a free street use permit to create either a pop-up park or pop-up street improvement. All the requirements and details about how to apply are explained in our guidelines.
Here's a snapshot to get you started:
Can I create both a pop-up park and street improvement for PARK(ing) Day Plus+
Yes, but you'll need to make sure that you have enough people to monitor the projects you'll be installing the entire time they're set up in the right of way.
How large can my installation be?
All projects are limited to one block in length and may not cross through intersections. If you're building a pop-up park, it should use 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 and set back at least 20 feet from crosswalks and intersections.
Can I protect or enclose my installation?
Yes! In fact, you are required to place orange traffic cones or posts that are at least 36" tall every eight feet along the edges of your project. These will help to define the edges of your installation and provide separation from traffic. Refer to the PARK(ing) Day Plus+ guidelines for more details.
Are there time restrictions for PARK(ing) Day Plus+?
Yes, on-street parking spaces can only be used between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. 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 PM—then your park needs to follow these rules. Projects that will be installed for both days of the event must be removed by 7:00 PM on Friday and re-installed no earlier than 10:00 AM on Saturday.
What type of pop-up street improvement can I create?
We've developed pre-approved guidelines for pop-up protected bike lanes and sidewalks contained within on-street parking spaces. Other types of pop-up street improvements (e.g., curb bulbs, chicanes) can be considered on a case-by-case basis with additional review. Projects that include traffic control devices (e.g., crosswalks, bike boxes, stop signs) or changes to traffic circulation will not be permitted.
What kinds of activities are allowed within my pop-up 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.
Who else is involved in PARK(ing) Day Plus+?
SDOT partners with the Seattle Design Festival to plan PARK(ing) Day Plus+ and engage businesses and residents in the program. Volunteers from the Seattle Design Festival may stop by your installation to take pictures and ask you a few questions about how the event is going. We'll use this information to help improve future PARK(ing) Day events.
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 or street improvement! During the event, show off your project with social media using #ParkingDaySEA.
Is my pop-up park considered a "parklet?"
No, but the park you create for PARK(ing) Day Plus+ is a great way to test out an idea for a parklet. Parklets (and streateries) are mini-parks inspired by PARK(ing) Day Plus+ pop-up parks. While PARK(ing) Day Plus+ parks can only last for a couple days, parklets and streateries are designed as longer-term re-uses of a parking space. Check out Seattle's Parklet and Streatery Program website to learn more.