Many of you will probably recall small, short-lived “parklets” springing up seasonally in Seattle the past few years. These are part of an international event called Parking Day, and we’ve posted about it here on Wallyhood when the program first started in 2014 and again last year.
This year, the city is expanding the event to two days, hence: PARK(ing) Day Plus+! Any person or group is invited to create a pop-up park, but a free permit is required. Applications are due August 5.
From the notice we received from SDOT:
Each year in September, people, businesses, and organizations across Seattle participate in the international PARK(ing) Day event. This event is an opportunity to rethink how streets can be used with temporary parks in on-street parking spaces. The program has been so successful in Seattle that this year, we’re expanding it into PARK(ing) Day Plus+!
PARK(ing) Day Plus+ will be held on both Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 and will allow anyone in Seattle to install a one- or two-day pop-up park or street improvement project. As in past years, SDOT is offering free permits to participants that partner with us. All you need to do to participate is read through the PARK(ing) Day Plus+ guidelines and submit an application (along with a site plan and proof of neighbor outreach) to [email protected] by August 5.
Looking to do something creative with your installation, but need some additional funding? Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods is offering Small Sparks grants (up to $1,000) for PARK(ing) Day Plus+ installations through the Neighborhood Matching Fund program. To learn more about these grant opportunities and how to apply, contact Ed Pottharst ([email protected]) or Karen Selander ([email protected]). Small Sparks grant applications should be submitted no later than August 5 to receive funding before the event.
PARK(ing) Day Plus+ provides an opportunity to turn parking spaces into interactive places to engage with local communities or to test new ideas for improving neighborhood streets. The event is a creative way to generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities with tangible pop-up projects.
If you’re interested in participating, please check out the program website and email all questions and completed applications to [email protected]. We look forward to seeing your application!