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Reimagining our Parking Spaces as Public Space

 

Every year on the third Friday in September, in cities throughout the world, PARK(ing) Day takes place. This is a global one-day effort to temporarily reclaim a handful of on-street parking spaces and repurpose them as parklets or “people spaces” to demonstrate the incredible value of these small urban parcels we currently dedicate solely to holding cars.

 

When: Friday, September 18, from 11 am - 8 pm

Where: Several blocks along Magnolia Ave and S. Main Street. Spot locations will be assigned by Near Southside, Inc. 

Who: It's free for the public to visit the parklets. All are welcome!

 

Some information for participating businesses and organizations:

The designs from last year were exceptional, and we are sure you already have ideas cooking for this year. If you do need some inspiration, a quick google search of PARK(ing) Day images will be helpful. The options are endless, you can include games, create a comfortable place to sit, install an urban garden, just to name a few. The most successful parklets encourage activity and interaction. We will have judges selecting the above and beyond designs again this year, and we might even include a scavenger hunt as part of the community participation! 

 

Please remember that the purpose of PARK(ing) Day is to make a statement on the use of public space. This event is not an opportunity to set up a booth to sell items or for company advertisements. 

Lastly, some important dates to remember! 

September 1 - Parklet Design Pin Up and Happy Hour

September 18 - PARK(ing) Day!!

If you have any questions on the event or with registration please email Allison Docker at allison@nearsouthsidefw.org

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***2020 Near Southside Community Events Update***

Our team at NSI is carefully watching and weighing the concerns over outdoor events and the COVID-19 outbreak. Public event producers in Fort Worth owe all our partners and the public careful consideration of how the virus might affect public health as it relates to Open Streets and Friday on the Green, as well as other outdoor events.  

Our spring event season of Friday on the Green and Open Streets is currently ON PAUSE until we get further information and are able to decide what can be produced with the safety of our community as our first priority. We hope to have an update soon. Until that time, we appreciate your patience and partnership.  

The other community events hosted by private businesses that are listed on this event calendar are still being held, to the best of our knowleldge.  We strongly ecourage you to reach out to each business or event host, as listed within the event to ask them about their events.  Near Southside, Inc. only produces Friday on the Green, Open Streets, PARK(ing) Day and ArtsGoggle.  All other events promoted here are produced by our partners in the community and they are the primary contact for that event.

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