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 a lack of 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 – Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
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.
2018 PARK(ing) Day Participants and Locations
|AECOM||2940 Clarendon Blvd.||“The Bird Nest” – Communal Space|
|Crystal City BID||555 23rd St. S.||Gathering Area for Community|
|Bike Arlington, DES -Transportation, Walk Arlington||2040 15th St. N.||Mobility/Transportation Outreach Table and Game Area|
|DES – Solid Waste||4115 Campbell Ave.||“Back to the Future” – Public Engagement|
|Little Diversified Architectural Consulting||1061 N. Taylor St.||Seating Arrangement with Blow-Up Pool|
How to Apply
The 2019 PARK(ing) Day event will take place on Sept. 20, 2019.
The following step-by-step guide refers to information in our 2019 PARK(ing) Day Guidelines and Forms
- 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 Transportation Right-of-Way 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 the list of approved and restricted items and activities in the “Guidelines and Forms” document 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, 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: $36.70 per permit.
- Two temporary “no parking” signs: $27 at the location (additional signs, at a cost of $1.35 each, may be required per staff review).
- Parking meter closure (if applicable): maximum of $16.20 (varies based on metered site). The following fees apply for impacted parking meters (only for actual design site – not buffer zone):
- $16.20 per day for each parking meter with a time limit of 4 hours or less
- $11.90 per day for each parking meter with a time limit of more than 4 hours
- Barrels: $27
- 5 minimum per site design, costing $5.40 each (one extra barrel per each additional consecutive space).
The Arlington Division of Transportation will sponsor the barrel fee and temporary signage fee for the first five applications from private residents (one site per application)!