Downtown parking spaces will be temporarily transformed by area citizens
Dallas, Texas, August 2012 — Friday, September 21st has been declared International PARK(ing) Day, and plans are underway to again bring this community-focused event to downtown Dallas. In 2011 local organizations and citizens temporarily transformed over 50 parking spots into active performance stages, reading lounges, pop-up museums, and other spaces for people to enjoy. Dallas joined the global event which included 975 parks in 162 cities across 35 countries (all taking place on the same day).
PARK(ing) Day is intended to promote social interaction, civic engagement, critical thinking, and creativity through individual generosity and play. Utilizing permitted on-street parking spaces, citizens are challenged to create welcoming “PARKS” that propose or demonstrate non-commercial ideas of what they’d like to see as part of the public space that defines this community. Temporary in nature, these spaces revert back to vehicle parking after several hours.
PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2012 will begin at 11:00am on Friday, September 21st and focus on parking space transformations in two areas of downtown Dallas: the Main Street District (along Main Street) and the Commercial Center (along Harwood Street). Entertainment and activities focused in each of these areas will enhance street life and bring the larger community together. A PARK(ing) Day After-Party will continue activities at Thanks-Giving Square (6:00–9:00pm) — a central location in the heart of downtown.
Businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to think creatively and add to the city’s public space with their own “PARK.” Teams from any background should reserve a space at www.parkingdaydallas.org by September 7th; there is no charge for participation. Artists and musicians wanting to showcase their talents can be part of the action by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for interested businesses.
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PARK(ing) Day Dallas had its first planning session with a Meet & Greet on Thursday, August 2nd. At this event past and future participants had the chance to meet and begin making plans for PARK(ing) Day on September 21st. Many new faces were at the meeting, and we’re looking forward to what teams dream up this year!
Those unable to attend the Meet & Greet can download the information sheet below, containing relevant registration information, important dates and resources. All participants should plan on attending the Participant Orientation on September 6th.
Don’t forget to register your group! Online registration officially opened on August 2nd and will end on September 7th.
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PARK(ing) Day Dallas will transform parking spaces in Downtown Dallas on Friday, September 21st. Our organizing team has been working behind the scenes to plan this year’s event… and now we’re ready for your ideas!
Join us for a Meet & Greet event on Thursday, August 2nd (6:00pm) at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas. This event will kick-off planning efforts and be an opportunity to learn more about the mission of PARK(ing) Day. Talk with past and current participants or meet other individuals to form a team.
Here’s how you can participate:
Spread the Word: Tell friends and co-workers about our plans for PARK(ing) Day Dallas. Our Facebook page has the latest news; we’re also on Twitter. Posters with event details will be released closer to the event date.
Transform a Space: Any business, organization or individual can participate by taking over a parking space and creating a “PARK.” We’re focusing our efforts on a few key areas in downtown Dallas to make the greatest impact. Get a team together and reserve a space beginning Thursday, August 2nd.
Become a Sponsor: Local businesses and organizations are stepping up to sponsor PARK(ing) Day Dallas. This will give us greater awareness in the community and allow for expanded entertainment options during the event. Check out our Sponsors page for more.
You+Dallas Media covered our 2011 event and produced the following video.
The first installation of PARK(ing) Day in downtown Dallas was a success in 2011. During the event on September 16th, 35 installations converted 50 on-street parking spaces into parks, performance areas and community space. Some of the installations showcased inspiring design from students and design firms, while others educated the community through informational displays. Music and entertainment attracted passers-by to stop and take in the moment, and some spaces simply provided a relaxed atmosphere to socialize and connect with neighbors.
Dallas Parks Department created the "Nano Park"
The purpose of PARK(ing) Day is to create discussion about the use of public space in our communities. Since the event was held on a busy Friday in the heart of downtown Dallas, the usual routine of a work day was disrupted temporarily. Spaces normally reserved for cars were alive with a myriad of activities — a 10×20 space usually filled with one vehicle could contain seating for 10, a miniature museum or a pop-up book shop. Sidewalks were filled with curious downtown visitors longing for a change of pace. Business executives, students, downtown residents and even the homeless all shared these new spaces together. Even the riders of passing public transportation pressed against windows to watch the activity.
D Magazine Partners hosted a book swap for the community
The installations disappeared just as quickly as they popped up, being a temporal demonstration of what can happen when a community “reclaims” their public space. As spaces were disassembled one-by-one, vehicles immediately returned to occupy the street. Although the transformations were temporary, creative ideas and community connections remained after the event. Paired with similar demonstrations taking root in Dallas, these events may lead to a long-term re-thinking of our community’s streets and how we activate our city’s public spaces.
DSGN created a community table in Deep Ellum
Globally, there were over 924 PARKs in 160 cities across 35 countries in September 2011! Thanks for making PARK(ing) Day Dallas a successful event; we hope to see you in 2012!
UTA School of Architecture's performance stage won "Best Transformation"
CLICK HERE to view photos of PARK(ing) Day Dallas
CLICK HERE for media coverage of PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2011