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PARK(ing) Day

is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.


Washington Parks & People participated in Park(ing) Day 2011 here in Washington DC by creating the "Wilson Parklet" in front of the Wilson building right on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Parking spaces were donated by council members Tommy Wells and David Catania.

Response: Overall we feel we got an extremely positive response from passers by beginning their day.

“that’s absolutely brilliant”
“these are tax dollars I’m happy to pay”
“this is absolutely super”, said a passing NPS employee

“good work – we like green jobs!”, said EPA employees.