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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 16, 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. 


If you have any questions on the event or with registration please email Allison Docker at




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