For the 9th year in a row, Philadelphia will celebrate PARK(ing) Day. This year, PARK(ing) Day falls on Friday, September 16, 2016. PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide annual event that started in San Francisco in 2005, when people transformed metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. The event raises awareness about the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in urban areas—in small 170 square foot spaces all across the world. A variety of non-profit institutions, community development organizations, academic institutions, and private companies—including many planning agencies and companies—participate in setting up these colorful, temporary parks. To view a map of where Philadelphia spots are, visit http://www.parkingdayphila.org/interactivemap. There are over 36 spots in Center City alone. To learn more about the event, visithttp://www.parkingdayphila.org/ or visit the global Park(ing) Day website at http://parkingday.org/. You can also follow along on Twitter at @parkingdayphila.
Participating Organizations, as categorized by Parkingdayphila.org (as of 8/30/2016):
City + Planning
Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia HQ
Gilmore & Associates, Inc.
Sowinski Sullivan Architects
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Lammy + Giorgio
CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc.
Arts + Crafts Holdings
Community + Neighborhood
Valley Youth House
People’s Emergency Center (x3)
Free Library of Philadelphia & Rodriguez Neighborhood Library
Repair the World
Philadelphia Recycling Rewards
The Clean Air Council
Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Schools + Universities
University of the Arts, School of Design
Rec 4 Life Association
Philadelphia University & Thomas Jefferson University
Charter High School for Architecture + Design
Reading Terminal Market