Last Friday, September 15, you may have seen a few revamped parking spaces magically appear just for the day. Pop-up sitting areas, pocket parks, play spaces, picnic areas, art installations, or any number of alternate uses suddenly took the place of parked cars—all for PARK(ing) Day 2017.
Taking place the third Friday in September since 2005, PARK(ing) Day began with a single parking space re-imagined as a temporary public place by the San Francisco art and design studio Rebar. For more on PARK(ing) Day’s origins and story, check out Rebar’s PARK(ing) Day Manual. Creators of parklets this year included many chapters of ASLA, students, landscape architecture and design firms, small businesses, nonprofits, and many more.
Here in Washington, DC, the District Department of Transportation once again organized the application and permitting process for PARK(ing) Day pop-up spaces, and the city hosted 28 parklets this year.
Below, we take a look at a few other PARK(ing) Day spaces organized in Washington, DC. From inviting sitting areas to mini-golf, these spaces highlight the potential a single parking space holds to host an array of different functions.
We hope you had a chance to design or just stop by a parklet or two for PARK(ing) Day this year! For more pictures from across the country, look for #ASLAPD17 on social media or visit our Tagboard.