Park(ing) Day 2016 will feature 50 pop-up parks plus a second day

Park(ing) Day 2013. (Image: CHS)

A Park(ing) Day past on E Pine (Image: CHS)

Seattle’s annual Park(ing) Day is one of the truest expressions of “the city as your living room.” This year’s event, which asks residents and businesses to re-envision how parking spaces and sidewalks can be used with small pop-up parks, has been extended to two days, will feature nine projects on Capitol Hill, and many more around the city.

Park(ing) Day Plus+ 2016 will be held Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM – 7 PM. The deadline for registering an event has passed, but attend this year for some ideas on what to do in 2017. Typically held on a weekday, the Seattle Department of Transportation added Saturday to the event to allow as many people to participate as possible.

The full list of events with a map can be found here. This year’s Park(ing) Day will include a “pop-up protected bike lane” on E Pine between Broadway & 10th sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club. The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict will also be “ReThinking Summit Ave” at Summit and Howell.

  • Amy Taylor — 706 Summit Ave E, 9/16-9/17
  • Capitol Hill Ecodistrict, International Future Living Institute — 1736 Summit Ave, 9/16-9/17
  • Cascade & Commute Seattle — E Pine St between Broadway & 10th Ave , 9/16-9/17
  • Little Collective — 1640 12th Ave, 9/16-9/17
  • ORA — 1221 E Pike St (on 13th Ave), 9/16
  • Schemata Workshop/Scratch Deli — 1718 12th Ave, 9/16-9/17
  • SDOT Public Space Management — 1021 E Pike St, 9/16
  • Sustainable Capitol Hill — 420 E Pike St, 9/16
  • The Sugarplum Elves — 500 E Pike St, 9/16

Park(ing) Day was born in San Francisco, but the Seattle tradition of celebrating creative use of public streets with tiny “pop-up parks” got its start on Capitol Hill. The first Seattle Park(ing) Day took place in 2009 along E Pine.

Th event has also helped lead to more long-lasting experiments in urban space with the creation of the first parklet in Seattle on Capitol Hill in 2012.

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