If you’ve got a hankering to party in the street, and you don’t mind being limited to a really small space — say, a space the size of a parking spot — then Seattle’s PARK(ing) Day is for you. Parking Day, which will take place on September 15 from 9am to 7pm, is a chance for residents to create their own pop-up parks.
As per the Seattle PARK(ing) Day website:
PARK(ing) Day happens once a year in September and is an opportunity for Seattleites to rethink how streets can be used. Seattle has participated in this international event since 2007 and has given people the opportunity to temporarily turn on-street parking spots into public spaces. The program is intended to encourage creative placemaking, particularly in places where access to parks is limited, as well as raise awareness about the importance of walkable, livable, and healthy communities.
But don’t just throw down your parklet on September 15. You’ll need to apply first. The application here is due by August 18.
Some city funds are available from the Neighborhood Matching Fund to help construct your park as we wrote about back in February. (You can still apply by August 7, but you better write fast.) If you managed to score some of this loot, then I’ll be by to enjoy your posh park. But if not, don’t let that stop you from PARK(ing). I’m sure you can scare up a few free couches off the streets in our neighborhood, and who hasn’t got a roll of Astroturf sitting in their basement?