PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where the public collaborates to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into small parks to elicit a reconsideration of the designation of public space. This global project evolved out of the implementation of a local project in San Francisco in 2005. The art and design studio, Rebar, transformed a parking spot into a temporary park to draw attention to lacking open space. Out of this initial local project evolved the now global PARK(ing) Day event, which commences every third Friday of September.
Arlington PARK(ing) Day:
Events like PARK(ing) Day enrich our community life by creating an inviting streetscape and by promoting activities that allow for social exchange, fun, creativity and critical thinking. PARK(ing) Day in particular can furthermore promote a rethinking of the usage of the public-right-of-way and may motivate the public to more actively participate in the civic processes which shape our urban environment.
2017 PARK(ing) Day Participants
|AECOM Technical Services||2900 Clarendon Blvd||1. “Cool-Off” Zone and Cafe
2. Educational Information
|Arlington County DES, DPR, and LIB||2400 Wilson Blvd||1. Engage: Bike Master Plan and Car-Sharing
2. Game Area
3. Library Corner
|Aurora Highlands Civic Association||520 12th St S||“Community Parks”
1. Park Games
2. Presentation Boards
|Arlington Cultural Affairs||Courthouse Parking Lot, 15th St N||HOME @Arlington with Sushmita Mazumdar
1. Origami style book making
|Little Diversified Architectural Consulting||1000 N Taylor Rd||“Garden Party:
1. Gather and Catch up
2. Board games
|Rosslyn BID||1700 N Oak St||1. New Streetscape info
2. Coffee and Bagels (in the morning)
PARK(ing) Day Sites
Check out our 2017 Location Map.
How to Apply
The 2018 PARK(ing) Day event will take place on Sept. 21, 2018. Application deadline is Aug. 31, 2018.
- Identify your parking space site for your PARK(ing) Day design
- Adhere to our PARK(ing) Day Site Criteria
- Apply for your PARK(ing) Day Permit
- Fill out the PARK(ing) Day TROW Application
- Read and Sign the Arlington County PARK(ing) Day Agreement and Release Form
- Provide Certificate of Liability Insurance
- Create a Site Design Concept; refer to List of approved and restricted items and activities for details
- Fill out the PARK(ing) Day Barrel Request Form
- Submit these forms either in person to the Development Services Permitting & Inspections Counter, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22201. Or, send as an email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After your permit has been approved, please return to the Development Services Permitting & Inspections Counter to pay the fees for your PARK(ing) Day event. See below for information about fees.
- Implement your design and have fun at the PARK(ing) Day event.
To apply for a PARK(ing) Day permit, the following fees are due after the Site Review and Initial Approval.
- PARK(ing) Day Permit: $34 per permit. This fee includes the posting of two temporary “no parking” signs at the location. Additional signs at a cost of $1.25 each may be required per staff review.
- Parking Meter Closure: maximum of $15 (varies based on metered site). The following fees apply for impacted parking meters (only for actual design site – not buffer zone):
- $15 per day for each parking meter with a time limit of 4 hours or less
- $11 per day for each parking meter with a time limit of more than 4 hours
- Barrels: $25
- 5 per site design, costing $5 each.
The Arlington Division of Transportation will sponsor the barrel fee for the first five applications from private residents (limit of one site per application).