For Park Visitors
What is PARK(ing) Day?
PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event for artists, designers, and citizens to transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. For more information, check out our About PARK(ing) Day or visit the global PARK(ing) Day website.
When is PARK(ing) Day?
In 2016, PARK(ing) Day is on Friday, September 16, from approximately 9:00am to 5:00pm (times may vary by spot - Parks can only be in the space when it is legal to park a vehicle there. If the space is subject to rush hour or valet restrictions then the park is subject to the same restrictions).
How many spots are there usually?
We usually have about 50+ spots in Philadelphia.
Where can I go to see parks?
Parks are located all around Philadelphia, but are often concentrated in Center City. To prepare for your walking tour of PARK(ing) spots, review and print out the available PARK(ing) Day Map.
This is so neat! How do I host a spot of my own?
Check out "For Participants" to the right, email the PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia Organizer, or sign-up online.
Reserved Park(ing) Sign, 2009
Or sign-up online, click here.
For ParticipantsHow can I ensure that my space is available on PARK(ing) Day?
How do I sign up to host a spot for PARK(ing) Day?
You can sign-up online, click here. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your organization's name (if applicable), and your desired spot location by city block (i.e. 1500 Block of Chestnut Street, 100 Block of S. 13th Street, etc.).
Who can host a PARK(ing) Day spot?
Anyone can host a spot for PARK(ing) Day, including activists, artists, architects, local businesses, and individual citizens. All event day participants are asked to sign a waiver and provide a Certificate of Insurance.
How much does it cost to host a spot?
Absolutely nothing! Participants report spending everything from $0 to several hundred dollars on the materials for installations in their spots, with most on the lower end of the scale. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has also waived the need to pay for the parking spots during the day. We send a list of parks to the PPA in August, and they work with us to help make the day a success!
What type of spots have people done in the past?
See photos from past years at 2009 Photos & Media Coverage and 2010 Photos & Media Coverage. Find more inspiration on our Facebook Page and via #PARKingDayPHL.
Are there any rules about the design of the parks?
There are just a few rules:
We hand out "no parking" placards a few weeks before Park(ing) Day, and you can post these at your space ahead of time. If your space is on Chestnut or Walnut Streets, just be ready to go as soon as the rush hour restrictions end, and you should be fine. Also, it helps if you can be a bit flexible--if you post your space and someone disregards the placard, go to the next closest available space. The PPA is willing to cooperate with us but they don't have the resources to tow for Park(ing) Day.
Is there a deadline for selecting park locations?
We ask that you provide the following information by mid-August, to assist with coordinating with the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). Send the following information to email@example.com: