PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where the public collaborates to temporarily transform drab parking spaces into small parks to elicit a reconsideration of the designation of public space.

Arlington PARK(ing) Day

Arlington County did not participate in 2020 and 2021 PARK(ing) Day events. We hope to welcome participants back in 2022. In the meantime, view our previous PARK(ing) Days on Flickr.

Events like PARK(ing) Day enrich community life by creating an inviting streetscape and by promoting activities for social exchange, fun, creativity and critical thinking. PARK(ing) Day promotes a new look at the public-right-of-way and motivates participation in the civic processes that shape the urban environment.

PARK(ing) Day’s birth can be traced back to San Francisco 2005 when the art and design studio Rebar transformed a parking spot into a temporary park to draw attention to a lack of open space. Now a global event, PARK(ing) Day takes place each third Friday of September.

From 2019: PARK(ing) Day Participants

Locations Map


Parking Day Guidelines Logo

How to Apply

The 2020 PARK(ing) Day event will take place on Sept. 18. (Application Deadline: Aug. 31.)  

The following step-by-step guide refers to information in our 2020 PARK(ing) Day Guidelines and Forms

  1. Identify your parking space site for your PARK(ing) Day design
    1. Adhere to our PARK(ing) Day Site Criteria
  2. Apply for your PARK(ing) Day Permit
    1. Fill out the PARK(ing) Day Transportation Right-of-Way Application
    2. Read and Sign the Arlington County PARK(ing) Day Agreement and Release Form
    3. Provide Certificate of Liability Insurance
    4. Create a Site Design Concept; refer to the list of approved and restricted items and activities in the “Guidelines and Forms” document for details
    5. Fill out the PARK(ing) Day Barrel Request Form
    6. Submit these forms either in person to the Development Services Permitting & Inspections Counter, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22201. Or, send as an email attachment to
  3. After your permit has been approved, return to the Development Services Permitting & Inspections Counter to pay the fees for your PARK(ing) Day event. See below for information about fees.
  4. Implement your design and have fun at the PARK(ing) Day event!


To apply for a PARK(ing) Day permit, the following fees are due after the site review and initial approval:

  • PARK(ing) Day Permit: $36.70 per permit.
  • Two temporary “no parking” signs: $27 at the location (additional signs, at a cost of $1.35 each, may be required per staff review).
  • Parking meter closure (if applicable): maximum of $16.20 (varies based on metered site). The following fees apply for impacted parking meters (only for actual design site – not buffer zone):
    • $16.20 per day for each parking meter with a time limit of 4 hours or less
    • $11.90 per day for each parking meter with a time limit of more than 4 hours
  • Barrels: $27
    • 5 minimum per site design, costing $5.40 each (one extra barrel per each additional consecutive space).

The Arlington Division of Transportation will sponsor the barrel fee and temporary signage fee for the first five applications from private residents (one site per application)!