The number of parks throughout Philadelphia increases dramatically each year on the second Friday in September, when activists, artists, architects, and other citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. Known as Park(ing) Day, this annual event re-imagines the possibilities of 170 square feet of public space. The event celebrates parks and other public spaces in cities across the country, and raises awareness of the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in our urban areas.
In 2011, over 30 non-profit institutions, community development organizations, academic institutions, and private companies created temporary parks for Park(ing) Day. Parks were created in Center City as well as in Manayunk, Southwest Philadelphia, Mount Airy, Northern Liberties, and University City.
Park(ing) Day was founded by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, in 2005 to raise awareness of the need for green spaces in urban environments. Philadelphia celebrated Park(ing) Day for the first time in 2008 with over 25 installations for relaxing, cycling, creating art, education, and socializing.
For more information, please check out our Visitors & Participants page and join us as we reclaim parking spots and transform them into engaging, people-friendly public spaces for one day!
HELP US CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF
Park(ing) Day Philadelphia
LET'S SCATTER 50 PARKS IN
The City of Philadelphia