PARK(ing) Day Returns To Seattle Sept. 30; Application Deadline is August 30

EasyStreetParkingDayIt’s that time again! PARK(ing) Day is just around the corner, and this is your chance to build a park for a day. PARK(ing) Day 2013 will be held on Friday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the deadline for applications is August 30.  PARK(ing) Day is sponsored by Seattle Department of Transportation.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a business, an individual, or a community group—anyone can participate in PARK(ing) Day.

Each year, PARK(ing) Day provides an opportunity to create fun and interactive public spaces to engage our community. People all around Seattle will be installing temporary mini-parks in on-street parking spaces to help start a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities.

It’s really easy to participate; you can apply for a park space under the free PARK(ing) Day street use permit. You can propose a park in either two mid-block parking spaces on an arterial street or in one mid-block space on a residential street. To ensure that your park will meet some basic safety standards, you’ll need to submit a site plan and location description for SDOT review. But don’t worry; you don’t have to be a professional architect, engineer, or artist to draw a site plan! Your site plan and location description must be emailed to Jennifer.Wieland@seattle.gov no later than August 30.

For additional information about PARK(ing) Day, including basic guidelines for your park, please visit our updated website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seattleparkingday.htm.

And while you’re thinking about your park, here are a few more things to consider:

  • The City’s Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has a Small Sparks Fund that provides grants of up to $1,000 to support community activities. So if you have a cool idea for a park but could use some extra cash to buy the “stuff” you want to put in the space, you should consider applying for a Small Sparks grant.
  • This year, PARK(ing) Day falls within the Seattle Design Festival, which runs September 13-22. The festival includes a Pop-Up Park Design Competition inspired by PARK(ing) Day. More information on the design competition can be found here, and entries are due August 16.
  • The more people that participate in PARK(ing) Day, the better! Let your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other contacts know about this opportunity. Feel free to forward this email, and you can also share the attached poster (in either digital or printed form) to help spread the word.

If you have any questions about PARK(ing) Day or about preparing your application, please contact Jennifer.Wieland@seattle.gov. We look forward to seeing your creative designs!

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