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PARK(ing) Day DC 2016

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
Environment America
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