PARK(ing) Day is an annual event held across the world and right here in the city of Philadelphia, on the third Friday of September. Parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks by community members, activists, artists, and architects to reimagine the use of public space.
This global event focuses on promoting awareness for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in urban areas. Worldwide there is the need to improve urban landscapes for pedestrians and promote more public spaces for people to socialize and be entertained. Many cities are not designed with a lot of space for pedestrians, and instead prioritize cars over people. PARK(ing) Day is a way to reimagine public spaces for people not cars.
There are guidelines online of how residents in urban spaces can turn a parking spot into a parklet. During previous PARK(ing) Days, various events have taken place in parking spaces including a wedding ceremony, a free bicycle repair shop, a free head and neck massage, a worm composting demo, a free health clinic, a public kiddie pool, a dinner party, an open poetry reading, and the list goes on.PARK(ing) Day 2020 is going virtual due to the global pandemic. Follow @parkingdayphila and @PhilaArchCenter on Instagram to join in the virtual celebration. On September 18, people are encouraged to share public space praises and tag @parkingdayphila or by using #PARKingDayPHL on social media.