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57 Temporary Parks Come to Dallas!

Area citizens showcase community possibilities with transformed parking spaces

Dallas, Texas, September 19, 2012 — The streets of downtown Dallas will be temporarily transformed on Friday, September 21st as the city celebrates International PARK(ing) Day, a community-focused event that challenges the definition of public space. 42 groups will create spaces for fun and social interaction along Main Street (between St Paul and Griffin) and Harwood Street (at Bryan) from 11:00am–7:00pm. 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.

This year’s “PARKS” are free and open to the public and will include yoga spaces, reading lounges, pop-up museums, art installations and other social areas for downtown residents, visitors and employees to enjoy. Entertainment organized by Deep Dallas Music will showcase local musicians in three performance spaces along Main Street.

PARK(ing) Day was developed in 2005 as a guerilla art project by Rebar and has spread from its origin in San Francisco to over 160 cities around the world (all participating on the same day). The grassroots project has been adapted by independent groups to champion creative, social or political causes relevant to individual communities. The event was brought to downtown Dallas in 2011 by area residents with a mission to be a forum for constructive change; local organizations are encouraged to partner with design talent and advocacy groups to showcase creativity and produce community-enhancing spaces.

PARK(ing) Day 2012 Participants

Happy PARK(ing) Day! We’re happy to announce our full list of participants. These teams represent organizations, individuals, and businesses from downtown Dallas and other areas in the region. View our map to find the location of each participant.

  • 1900 Elm Lofts: Garden party & croquet lawn
  • 5152inc: Art
  • AIA Dallas Emerging Leaders Program: CityWalk playground
  • Architecture for Humanity / Azteca: Performance stage
  • bcWORKSHOP: Retrofitted shipping container
  • Central Track: Urban dance party
  • Cherie Amie Lingerie LLC: Showcase of fair-trade organization empowering women
  • City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department: Goooaaalll! Park
  • Cool Cones Shave Ice: Rest area and shave ice
  • Corgan Associates, Inc.
  • Creative Craniums: Sculpture and art park
  • D Magazine: Book swap and reading lounge
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum / Center for Education and Tolerance: Pop-up museum
  • Dallas Moustache: “Moustachery” to support Movember USA
  • Dallas Regional Chamber: “Live-Work-Play”
  • Douglas Prude: Games and seating
  • Downtown Pawz / DogFit Dallas: Dog park
  • Downtown Residents Council: Urban living room and resident lounge
  • El Centro College: Being green
  • Feet First & Hair: Manicure and pedicure spa
  • Girl Scouts: Flag etiquette and flag retirement instruction center
  • Mad Hatter Café: Baked goods and “aguas frescas”
  • Nasher Sculpture Center: Pop-up museum
  • Oglesby Greene
  • Operation Yoga: Yoga park
  • Revolutionary Pants: Ice cream stage
  • Spire Realty Group, LP: RC racetrack
  • Spokes Pedicabs: Pedicab transportation
  • THRWD Magazine: Art gallery and reading lounge
  • The Knit Witted Bees: Knitting circle
  • The Playhouse Fun Project: Sculptural installation
  • The Space
  • Tishgart Family: Homemade arcade games and handcrafted prizes
  • Tonya G & Alisia M: “Our Place in the Sun” and Voter Registration
  • Urban Artistry Presented By Gerard Claiborne: Art park
  • UTA Program in Landscape Architecture
  • UT Arlington School of Architecture: Performances spaces
  • Underworld Art Gallery: Art park
  • Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC: “Green street” demonstration
  • Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches
  • World Wear Project: Clothing recycling and donation center
  • Yelp Dallas: Refreshments
  • [x]cube GAMES

PARK(ing) Day 2012 Entertainment

A big component of PARK(ing) Day Dallas is the lineup of local musicians and performers adding to the atmosphere of the day. Below is the lineup of entertainment that will be provided at three creatively-designed performance areas. Deep Dallas Music has organized over 20 local musicians, poets & performers to provide entertainment throughout the day. Special thanks also goes out to Ferralog Studios and City Tavern for sponsoring the audio equipment for the day.

City Tavern Stage (Stage 01) 
Stage Location: Downtown on Main Street in front of City Tavern
(Between Field & Akard right in the middle)

11:00 – 12:00 :: Frog Harvest
12:00 – 1:00 :: Justin Dyer
1:00 – 2:00 :: Tito Ortega
2:00 – 3:00 ::
3:00 – 4:00 :: Mike Freiley
4:00 – 5:00 :: Rick Alvarado
5:00 – 6:00 :: Alex Caruthers
6:00 – 7:00 :: Ann Stover

Pegasus Plaza Stage (Stage 02)
Stage Location: Downtown on Main Street at Pegasus Plaza
(Akard & Main Street is the closest intersection)

11:00 – 12:00 :: Kyle Brooks & The Rhythm & Beards
12:00 – 1:00 :: Sugarfoote & Company
1:00 – 2:00 :: Park(ing) Day Drum Circle led by S-Ankh Rasa
2:00 – 3:00 :: Park(ing) Day Poetry Hour
3:00 – 4:00 :: The Klanks
4:00 – 5:00 :: Tony Q Project
5:00 – 6:00 :: Teen Music Showcase presented by The Septien Group
6:00 – 7:00 :: Ducado VeGA

Comerica Stage (Stage 03)
Stage Location: Downtown on Main Street in front of Comerica Tower
(Ervay & Main is the closest intersection)

11:30 – 12:30 :: Nick McCord
12:30 – 1:30 :: George Irwin
1:30 – 2:30 :: Lara Parker
2:30 – 3:30 :: Felix Flores
3:30 – 4:30 :: SuZanne Kimbrell
4:30 – 5:30 :: Paul Ramon
5:30 – 6:30 :: Tony Rey

PARK(ing) Day 2012 After-Party

Join us for an evening in the park as PARK(ing) Day comes to an end! Neighborhood Sponsor Thanks-Giving Square will be hosting PARK(ing) Day participants and community members to celebrate successes of the day in a fun outdoor setting.

The after-party event is open to the public and will begin at 6:00pm. Come down to enjoy dinner from food trucks (The Butcher’s Son and Potato-Potahto), shave ice from Cool Cones Shave Ice, and a beer garden provided by Beyond the Box. The Just-Us League will entertain visitors with visual art.

Bring a blanket, bring your dog, or bring your PARK(ing) Day creation!

Event Flyer

PARK(ing) Day Dallas is one week away! Please share our event poster (download a printable version) to raise awareness of our event!

PARK(ing) Day to Create Additional Parks in Dallas

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 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 [email protected]. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for interested businesses.


Meet & Greet Recap

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.

Download PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2012 Info

Planning for 2012 Underway

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.

What is PARK(ing) Day Dallas?

You+Dallas Media covered our 2011 event and produced the following video.

PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2011 Recap

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 Trail

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.

Book Swap by D Magazine

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 Community Table

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!

Performance Stage by UTA Students

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