Turn Your Street into a Park – Park(ing) Day Fast Approaches

PARK(ing) Day 2010 is coming up fast! Permit deadline is Friday, August 27.

Scheduled this year for Friday, September 17th, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently and simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

PARK(ing) Day was created in 2005 by Rebar – a San Francisco art collective – and was originally devised as a creative exploration of how urban public space is allocated and used.

Did you know that nearly 28 percent of all land in Seattle is dedicated to automobile travel? And that doesn’t even include private parking lots!

Feet First brings the community PARK(ing) Day to show residents what their city would look like if more public space was allocated for urban parks, recreation, social interactions, and other people-centric pursuits, rather than the movement and storage of cars.

In 2009, 744 PARKs were created across 140 cities, 21 countries, and 6 continents. Feet First hosted 45 PARKs last year in Seattle and this year we are striving for 100!  The success of PARK(ing) Day 2010 depends on YOU! If you are interested in participating in PARK(ing) Day, please start planning now – as there is a lot to be done.

Here’s a summary of what’s involved:

  1. Feet First will acquire a Temporary Street Use Permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). (This “umbrella” permit will cover multiple PARKs throughout the City of Seattle.)
  2. Feet First will handle the application process and fees for the City of Seattle.
  3. Participants who would like to be covered under the umbrella permit will need to apply to Feet First with a rough site plan (no artistic skills required) and an application fee of $10 must be received by August 20th. Applications received after August 20th will be subject to an additional $5 late processing fee–making your application fee $15.
  4. All participants must also acquire either a Temporary No Parking Permit from SDOT or submit a “Notification of Temporary No Parking Zone” form, depending on the type of parking space you want to transform into a PARK.

The deadline for all applications and permits is Friday, August 27th.

If you are interested in participating this year please contact Feet First as soon as possible. Feet First staff will help guide you through the permitting process and get you started on planning your PARK. We support participants in Seattle with the permitting process.

If you are outside of Seattle and would like to participate in PARK(ing) Day, Feet First would still love to hear from you and help you get started!

On September 17th, let the PARKs grow!

To get started, contact Max Hepp-Buchanan, PARK(ing) Day Coordinator, Feet First, email max@feetfirst.info or call landline 206-652-2310 or cellphone 206-920-0746.  Overall information is at  www.feetfirst.info

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