PARKing Day


Parking Day Car

PARK(ing) Day in Cambridge

In our third annual celebration of PARK(ing) Day, we are working with 35 different community organizations, businesses, and City departments in transforming 46 parking spots into something else for the day.

PARK(ing) Day 2014 takes place on September 19th!

Check out the international PARK(ing) Day map! We've got more spots than anybody else worldwide.

Check out our brand new StoryMap!

Parking Day Map 2014

What is PARK(ing) Day?

PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where residents, artists and activists come together to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

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 … at least until the meter runs out!

Democracy Center


Original concept by Rebar:


Who's Participating and Where

Harvard Square

  1. Harvard University, Office for Sustainability: Contemplating Your Impact
  2. Longfellow House, Washington's Headquarters NHS: Longfellow's Garden
  3. Metro Pedal Power: Local Human Based Transportation for our Cities
  4. MassRides: Commuting Sustainably
  5. Cambridge Police Department: Meet the new bomb dogs! 

Central Square

  1. The Door Store: Yard Games!
  2. Cambridge Elections Commission: Voter Registration
  3. Cambridge Energy Alliance: Energy Efficiency Fun
  4. Community Development Department, Housing Division: Micro House
  5. Green Cambridge: Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
  6. City of Cambridge Mayor's Office: Food Pantry Donation
  7. MassBike: Bike Parking and Art
  8. Boston Cyclists Union: A Bike-Friendly Smoothie Cafe AND cinema experience (this spot doesn't end until 9pm)
  9. Central Square Business Association: The Central Square Cultural District Putt Putt (5 spot course!)
  10. CCTV: NeighborMedia Outdoor Newsroom by CCTV
  11. UMass Lowell: Baby Got Bounce
  12. SHED(x)change + Cambridge Resident's Alliance: C3 in C2

Upper Broadway (Inman Street to Cambridge Public Library)

  1. MIT Media Lab, Social Computing Research Group: Bike Inlet
  2. Hubway: #HubwayEveryday
  3. Harvard Urban Planning Organization: Studio Park
  4. Cambridge Health Alliance, Department of Family Planning: "Protect your health. Protect the planet."

Inman Square

  1. Naveo Credit Union: Prize Wheel
  2. Department of Public Works, Recycling Division: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost!
  3. Community Development Department, Community Planning: Playful Planning
  4. Community Development Department, Economic Development: Take the Inman Square Survey!

Kendall Square

  1. Community Development Department, Environmental and Transportation Planning: Get with the sustainability game!
  2. Cambridge Bicycle Committee: Decorate a bike and play our bike-packing game!
  3. Charles River Transportation Management Association: Check out the EZRide Shuttle! 
  4. Cambridge Bicycle Committee/Urban AdvenTours: Free Bicycle Safety Tune-ups

Other Locations

  1. Friends of the Tobin: Maria Montessori's Backyard (Vassal Lane, near the Tobin School)
  2. Cambridge in Motion / Cambridge Public Health Department: Celebrating Healthy Markets and the Men's Health League (Windsor Street at Main Street)
  3. Cambridgeport School: Game on! Come play board games, card games and join in other fun activities in front of the Cambridgeport School (89 Elm Street) This spot ends at 1pm.

Harvard GSD

For More Information

For more information on PARK(ing) Day in Cambridge, contact Jennifer Lawrence at or 617/349-4671.