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
We welcome participants back for 2022 PARK(ing) Day in Arlington, Friday, Sept. 16.
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 the third Friday of September.
From 2019: PARK(ing) Day Participants
||2940 Clarendon Blvd.
||“Park & Ride” – Take a seat on our metro car under a barrel vault of recycling bins that forms the iconic metro station. Ice cream is allowed on our metro and will be provided while supplies last
||2099 15th Street N
||“Celebrate the Mural” – meet the artist Marc Pekala
|Ballston Bid & Onelife Fitness
||4238 Wilson Blvd.
||“Sit-up Challenge” – raising money for Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture
|Bike Arlington & Walk Arlington
||1735 N. Lynn St.
||“Relax and Engage” – massage area, games, and outreach
|Crystal City BID & ‘March of Dimes’
||2200 Crystal Dr.
||“Lounge Area” – smoothies/healthy snacks focusing on well-being for mothers
|Crystal City BID & Freddie’s
||500 23rd St. S.
||“Beach Oasis” – games and relax
|Crystal City BID & ‘Mind and Body Oasis’
||2200 Crystal Dr.
||“Zen Garden” – yoga area and chair massages
|Crystal City BID & GW Sustainable Urban Planning Student Organization
||2200 Crystal Dr.
||“Learn and Play” – urban heat island effect and climate change
|Arlington Dept. of Environmental Services – Solid Waste Bureau
||4115 Campbell Dr.
||“Back to the Future II” – kitchen display showcasing how to reduce waste
|Arlington Dept. of Environmental Services – Traffic Engineering & Operations, Commuter Services/ Dept. of Parks & Recreation
||2300 Clarendon Blvd.
||“Obstacle Course” – scooter safety set-up, DES outreach, relax area with Smoothie bike
|HDR Architecture & Animal Welfare League of Arlington
||1109/1101 N. Highland St.
||“Dog Training” – hourly dog behavior and training demonstrations
|Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
||1046 N. Taylor St.
How to Apply
The 2022 PARK(ing) Day event will take place on Sept. 16. (Application Deadline: Aug. 31.)
The following step-by-step guide refers to information in our PARK(ing) Day Guidelines and Forms
- Identify your parking space site for your PARK(ing) Day design
- Adhere to our PARK(ing) Day Site Criteria
- Apply for your PARK(ing) Day Permit
- After your permit has been approved, you will receive an invoice notification for payment by email via Permit Arlington. Follow instructions in email to create a Permit Arlington account and pay for your permit. See below for information about fees.
- 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: $37.62 per permit.
- Barrels: $27 (minimum site design)
5 barrels per minimum site design, costing $5.54 each (one extra barrel required per each additional consecutive space).
The Arlington Division of Transportation will sponsor the barrel fee for the first five applications from private residents (one site per application)!