PARK(ing) Day – Friday, September 21

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 and to promote 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

Participate!

Applications are now closed.

It may be too late to apply to create your own pop-up park for 2018, but check out our 2018 PARK(ing) Day Map below and the printable PDF map (on side bar) to find the pop-up parks closest to you!

This year we made it easier and more fun than ever before to participate in PARK(ing) Day. We've designated 7 neighborhood clusters so folks who applied could opt-in to be located alongside other pop-up parks and enjoy better visibility. We offered to handle the logistics of parking space setup, in exchange for choosing one of these designated areas. The 7 clusters are located in areas with high foot traffic in these neighborhoods:

  • Beacon Hill
  • Capitol Hill
  • Delridge
  • U District
  • Lake City
  • Rainier Beach
  • Pioneer Square

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 are holding a PARK(ing) Day celebration at the Center for Architecture and Design from 7PM – 9PM on September 21 to close out the day and recognize the installations that YOU vote for as exemplifying the goals of PARK(ing) Day. The three categories are:

  • Pavement Upcycle Award: Most creative use of space
    Helps shift perspectives by innovatively reimagining a parking space into something uniquey new.
  • Collective Effervescence Award: Most connected to community
    Sparks community connections and reminds us to keep it kind.
  • 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).

After you've checked out the pop-up parks, vote for your favorites. Then make sure to join us for the PARK(ing) Day celebration to recognize the winners!

Looking for Support?

NEW THIS YEAR: Info Sessions!

This year we had three PARK(ing) Day Info Sessions in parklets around the city. The info sesions provided an opportunity to see examples of PARK(ing) Day installations, review the application process, and ask questions. Folks also had the opportunity to learn more about the option of locating in a cluster.

The dates for the info sessions have passed, but check out our PARK(ing) Day Guidelines for more information about the event.

Neighborhood Matching Fund

If you would like to participate in a future 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.

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