Did you know that nearly 28 percent of all land in Seattle is dedicated to automobile travel? And that doesn’t even include private parking lots! Let’s celebrate PARK(ing) Day on Friday, Sept. 17 and turn some of our parking spots into park spots.
What is PARK(ing) Day? PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
Why participate? PARK(ing) Day shows us what our cities would look like if more public space was allocated for urban parks, recreation, social interactions, and other people-centric pursuits, rather than the movement and storage of cars. Plus, it’s creative, community fun!
Who’s in charge? Feet First is taking the lead in Seattle to host PARK(ing) Day in Seattle. They’ve got great online resources and will help you through the process. Last year, 45 temporary parks sprouted up across Seattle, and this year they’re hoping to see 100!
What’s in it for Cascade members? New this year, Cascade Bicycle Club will pay the permit fee for the first 20 club members who agree to host a park within the Seattle city limits. All we ask is that your park has something bike related (get creative!) and you send a picture and story afterward to post here on the blog.
Sounds fun, and I already have ideas for my PARK! How do I get started? Get in touch and let us know you’re interested. We’ll pick up the parking tab for up to 20 member-hosted parks, first-come, first-served. If you want to take advantage of our offer, we need to hear from you before you send in the application form.
Not a member? Join online or when you call/email about hosting a park. You know you’ve been meaning to join, and now’s the perfect opportunity!
Send your completed application on to Feet First, as indicated on the form, and get to work on your park!
We’re looking forward to seeing the parks you create!