Q: What is PARK(ing) Day?
A: PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event where artists, activists, and citizens turn parking spots into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy. PARK(ing) Day is a non-commercial project, intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play. In 2011 there were 975 parks in 35 countries around the world (35 parks in Dallas). To learn about the history of this event, visit the official PARK(ing) Day website.
Q: When does it happen?
A: PARK(ing) Day happens annually on the third Friday in September – this year it’s on September 21st, 2012. PARK(ing) Day Dallas will take place in our target areas from 11:00am–7:00pm, so you can set up a PARK for a few hours or a full day.
Q: Where is it happening?
A: PARK(ing) Day happens across the world, in cities large and small. PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2012 will focus on parking space transformations in 3 dynamic districts of downtown Dallas; supplemental entertainment and activities will be planned for each of these areas: Main Street District (Main @ Akard), Thanksgiving Commercial Center (Harwood @ Bryan), and Deep Ellum (Commerce @ Henry).
Q: Who participates in PARK(ing) Day?
A: YOU DO! Park(ing) Day is a citizen-powered, worldwide event, and people of all stripes from all over the planet participate every year. The event has become a tool for artists, activists and “ordinary” people of all ages to demonstrate what matters to them, engage their communities, and encourage play and have a little fun. Organizations and teams of participants can sign up to transform their own space. Individuals wanting to join in (but without a team) can sign up to be joined with other participants.
Q: How do I get involved?
A: The planning team is working with the City of Dallas to secure spaces for transformation in two focus areas. To reserve one of these space, visit our Registration page. Businesses, groups and individuals are welcome to participate.
Q: Can I participate if I don’t have a team?
A: If you’re an individual, register to let us know you want to join in the activities. There will be opportunities for artists, musicians, and actors during the event. We can help you link up with a team to transform a space or find other volunteer opportunities based on your interests.
Q: How will the PARK(ing) spaces be reserved?
A: PARKs in our target areas will take place in metered parking spaces hooded under a special event permit issued by the City of Dallas. This will allow PARKs to pop of for a few hours or the full day. Registering for a space in our target areas will allow us to find the perfect space for your group, making PARK(ing) Day visible and accessible to the entire community.