PARK(ing) Day is returning to the District of Columbia on Friday, September 16, 2016, from 9 am to 4 pm. District residents and businesses put their creativity on display for last year’s event, building more than 30 pop-up parks in curbside parking spaces.
Initially created by the San Francisco design studio Rebar, PARK(ing) Day is an event in which residents and businesses re-think how we use public space by converting metered on-street parking spaces into temporary parks. Since its inception in 2005, the event has spread to cities around the world, taking place on the third Friday of September.
Apply for a PARK(ing) Day permit through DDOT
For this year's event, DDOT has designed a process for applicants to obtain a permit using the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS). Applicants should familiarize themselves with all the event requirements before designing their park or beginning the permitting process.
The deadline to apply for PARK(ing) Day is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Before sketching out a design for your own pop-up park, please read over the event guidelines and requirements. After finalizing your design, instructions on how to apply through DDOTs Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS) can be found here.
Click here to view a map of approved pop-up parks.
PARK(ing) Day Participants
|5th Street Ace Hardware|
|American Public Health Association|
|Baked & Wired|
|Capitol Riverfront BID|
|Council of the District of Columbia / The Nature Conservancy|
|DC Department of Parks and Recreation|
|DC Office of Planning|
|DC Office of the People's Counsel|
|Downtown DC BID|
|Golden Triangle BID / Gensler|
|GWU Sustainable Urban Planning Program|
|HKS Architects, Inc.|
|Janus et Cie|
|Landscape Architecture Bureau|
|Landscape Architecture Foundation / Island Press|
|Lee and Associates|
|Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs|
|Mount Vernon Triangle CID / 450K|
|Mount Vernon Triangle CID / Silo|
|National Park Service|
|NoMa BID / Ayers Saint Gross|
|Tenleytown Main Street|
|The Civil War Trust|
|The Trust for Public Land|
|Urban Land Institute|
|Washington Area Bicyclist Association / DDOT Urban Forestry Administration|
|Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company|