50 Tiny Parks Take Over Downtown Dallas
DALLAS, Texas – September 9, 2015 – In partnership with Downtown Dallas Inc., an annual event will transform parking spaces into miniature parks or parklets for public use in over 160 cities across the globe, including Dallas. On Friday, September 18, 2015 artists, designers, activists, businesses and residents will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces as part of a global movement called “PARK(ing) Day.” The event is intended to promote social interaction, civic engagement, critical thinking and creativity through individual generosity and play.
This year marks Dallas’ fifth year participating in PARK(ing) Day. On that day, city-dwellers will transform permitted on-street parking spaces into dozens of tiny parks stretching several blocks along Main Street (between Field Street and South Harwood Street) in Downtown Dallas. “PARK(ing) Day gives people a chance to see our city in new ways,” said Jessica Martinez, PARK(ing) Day Dallas co-organizer. “More importantly, it sends a message to developers and city planners we want a more walkable and vibrant city.”
Visitors are encouraged to learn, play and interact within these pint-sized parks from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The event aims to attract downtown residents, office workers and visitors and expose them to a host of activities including day-long musical and dance performances, games, areas for people to gather, relax, work and socialize for the day. Passersby can experience a wide range of themed parks including a tiny Aztec jungle, little library, photo booth, yoga studio, mini boardwalk, art gallery and more.
PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2015 participants include:
Downtown Dallas Inc., bcWORKSHOP, Acme Creation Lab, Studio Outside, The Grove, Volunteer Now, Which Which, DogFitDallas, Vertigo 12 Hair Lounge, Dallas Public Library, The Trust for Public Land, Nasher Sculpture Center, TBG Partners, Simple Civilian, Zipcar, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Susaita Studio, Traylor Law Firm, Imaginary Fiends, New York Life/Leighton Wood, LTV Tower, Cedars Neighborhood Association, Cedars Open Studios, University of North Texas System, University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, The University of Texas at Arlington SASLA (Student American Society of Landscape Architecture), City of Dallas Waste Diversion, Della’s House of Giving, Laundri, Benchmark Environmental, Mend, Downtown Dallas Neighborhood Association, Immerss, Utterly Organic, Apogii, Artemis Fine Art Services, Iron Cactus, Photo Wagon, Callison & RTKL, AquaTerra Outdoors, eBook by Krooks Publishing, Summit Climbing Gym
PARK(ing) Day Dallas is a free public event organized by community volunteers. Entertainment curated by Deep Dallas will showcase local entertainers including: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Diamond Kings, Sean Foster, Joel Wells Jr., Jenna Clark, Poppy Xander, Jacob Metcalf (solo), Ole G and more.
Saltt in Deep Ellum (2556 Elm St.) will host the PARK(ing) Day after-party from 6:30pm to 2am featuring Blue, The Misfit (DJ Set) starting at 10pm
Additional event details can be found at www.parkingdaydallas.org
Other Resources / Contacts:
- Email: [email protected]
- Facebook: facebook.com/parkingdaydallas
- Instagram: @parkingdaydallas
- Twitter: @parkingdaydal
- Official Hashtag: #parkingdaydallas
- Media Contact: Doug Prude 214-542-9526
- PARK(ing) Day Network: www.parkingday.org
- Sponsors: Downtown Dallas Inc., BC Workshop
- Community Sponsor: Downtown Dallas Inc.
- Music Sponsor: Deep Dallas
- Sound Sponsor: Geoff Lloyd Sound Productions
- Neighborhood Sponsors: City Tavern & Magnolia Hotel
- Photography Sponsor: Jenna B Photography