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 16th, 2016. PARK(ing) Day Dallas will take place in our target areas from 9:00am–7:00pm, so you can set up a PARK for a few hours or a full day. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

Q: Where is it happening?

A: PARK(ing) Day happens across the world, in cities large and small. PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2015 will focus on parking space transformations along Main Street in Downtown Dallas (between Field & St. Paul). Click here for a full list of past participants and locations.

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 works with the City of Dallas and sponsor Downtown Dallas, Inc; to secure spaces for transformation. We then turn these spaces over to participants free of charge. To reserve a space, complete the online registration. Businesses, groups, and individuals are welcome to participate.

Q: Can I participate if I don’t have a team?

A: There are opportunities for artists, musicians, and volunteers 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. Contact us and let us know what you are interested in doing!

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 up for 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.

Q: Where can I find resources for my PARK?

A: Check out our Resources page or network with our community of participants on Facebook.

Q: How does the contest work and who can participate? 

A: Anyone creating a PARKlet is automatically entered into the contest. Please refer to the Contest Rule, for a complete description of rules and regulations.