Did you know that there are over 485 parks in Seattle… and for one day only on September 21, we are adding 62 more!
Globally – Locally.
Friday, September 21 is PARK(ing) Day, a one-day international event that began in 2005. On-street parking spaces are temporarily transformed into pop-up parks, a global idea providing opportunities to showcase locally!
Our PARK(ing) Day is part of the Seattle Design Festival, two weeks of citywide activities, tours, presentations, workshops and exhibits exploring the role of design in our city.
Creative, compelling, unusual fun!
PARK(ing) Day pop-up parks feature a variety of activities, including games, crafts, photo booths, and treats! We’ve seen everything from art installations to live music, and from an urban jungle to a swimming pool (no water involved).
Pop-up parks offer a place to relax and enjoy our public spaces, just like our permanent parks around Seattle. By participating in PARK(ing) Day, you have the chance to connect with community members, express yourself creatively, and most importantly, enjoy yourself!
Find a Pop-Up Park.
Wondering where you can find a pop-up park on September 21? Check out our interactive map to find a pop-up park near you.
Along with the parks hosted all over the city, we’ve created neighborhood clusters of pop-up parks in seven neighborhoods in Seattle. Clusters allow you to visit multiple parks at a time and enjoy everything the neighborhood has to offer. This year, clusters are located in:
• Beacon Hill
• Capitol Hill
• University District
• Lake City
• Rainier Beach
• Pioneer Square
Parks will be popping up all over the city from 9 AM – 7 PM; refer to the interactive map for hours, and then RSVP to the event on Facebook and share with your friends!
Pop-ups with the most votes…
When you check out pop-up parks on PARK(ing) Day, be sure to note which ones you like best and why… because on event day, you’ll be able to vote (online survey) for your favorites in each of three categories:
- Most creative use of space,
- Most connected to community, and
- Most interactive programming.
If you want to help celebrate the PARK(ing) Day award winners, swing by the celebratory after-party, hosted at the Center for Architecture and Design from 7 – 9 PM. We can’t wait to see who wins and honor ingenuity!
If you’d like to participate in PARK(ing) Day next year, be sure to keep an eye on our PARK(ing) Day program page. If you have any questions, please contact Kadie Bell Sata at [email protected] or at 206-386-4575.