About Park(ing) Day

The number of parks throughout Philadelphia increases dramatically each year on the third Friday in September, when activists, artists, architects, and other citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks.  Known as PARKing) 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 the past eight years, almost 300 temporary parks have been created by non-profit institutions, community development organizations, academic institutions, and private companies for PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia.  Parks have been located in Center City as well as in Manayunk, Southwest Philadelphia, Chinatown, Mount Airy, Northern Liberties, University City, Germantown, West Girard, Fishtown, the Northeast, Passyunk, and continues to spread out more and more into our city's rich neighborhoods.

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!

PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia is presented by

center / architecture + design

in partnership with the 

Philadelphia Parking Authority

AIA Philadelphia

Community Design Collaborative

Charter High School for Architecture + Design

PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia