PARK(ing) Day to showcase pop-up parks in Dallas

Friday, September 20th has been declared International PARK(ing) Day, and for the third year Dallas area citizens will celebrate by transforming downtown’s parking spaces into miniature parks. The event 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 for the City’s smaller public spaces. Temporary in nature, these colorful spaces revert back to vehicle parking after several hours. In 2012 Dallas participated with over 50 parks including a yoga space, dog park, outdoor art gallery and reading lounge. This year PARK(ing) Day will take place in over 35 countries worldwide on the same day.

PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2013 focuses on parking space transformations along Main Street between Field Street and St Paul Street, along with other areas of downtown Dallas. Activities will begin with a ribbon cutting at 11:00am at Pegasus Plaza and continue until 7:00pm. A PARK(ing) Day after-party for participants and guests will continue activities at centrally-located City Tavern from 7:00–9:00pm.

A popular component of the event is free entertainment showcasing local musicians througout the day. Organized by Deep Dallas Music, scheduled entertainers include Sugarfoote & Company, The BoomBachs, Eddie Lott, Pearl Street Riot, Joel Wells, Mike Freiley, Mary Harvey, Tony Rey and Ann Stover. Musicians wanting to be involved can send an email to [email protected]

There is no charge to participate and local businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to complete online registration by Tuesday, September 10th. The event is completely organized by volunteers
and relies on sponsorships from the community. A full list of sponsors, participants and event details can be found here.

22 days until PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2013 is just around the corner, and we’re excited for the 30+ participants who have already registered. It’s not too late to sign up and join the fun!

Informational Meeting on Monday, August 19th

Join us on Monday, August 19th for a PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2013 informational meeting at 6:30pm. You’ll have the opportunity to meet past and current participants, learn about plans for this year’s event and ask any questions you or your group may have. City Tavern, our newest Neighborhood Sponsor, will host our meeting upstairs at 1402 Main Street (downtown Dallas). Anyone interested in learning more about PARK(ing) Day and the various ways to get involved are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like more information, send us a note.

City Tavern

Registration Now Open for 2013

Groups and individuals are now welcome to register for PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2013! By signing up, groups can claim a space to transform on their own and be a part of the downtown-wide event taking place on Friday, September 20th.

Join us for an information meeting on Wednesday, August 14th or take a look through our Flickr collection at what groups have envisioned in the past.

There is no cost to reserve a space; registration will close on Monday, September 9th.


Join the PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2013 Organizing Team

Be part of PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2013! International PARK(ing) Day is planned for Friday, September 20th, and the event will once again bring excitement and activity to the heart of downtown Dallas. We’re currently looking for volunteers to be part of our organizing team. This team helps with the overall plans for the event, marketing and entertainment. If you’re interested, contact us by sending a note to [email protected].

We’ll announce opportunities and registration details for groups and participants soon. Stay tuned for more information!


Review of PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2012

Check out our media page for coverage about 2012’s successful event. And if you have photos, please share them with our Flickr group!

PD Press

Book Swap by D Magazine

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!