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 Cambridge Community Development Department (CDD) seeks creative people to participate in the official City of Cambridge PARK(ing) Day celebration, an international event in which metered parking spaces are transformed into “parks” for a day. Previous years have brought many creative ideas, including: gymnastics studios, bicycle-powered smoothies, living rooms, dance floors, parks, nature preserves, games, dog parks, libraries, bike lanes, and concerts.
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!
Who can participate?
Any community group, organization, City department, or business that “sponsors” a metered parking spot and will create a small park in that space.
What do you need to do to host a PARK(ing) Day spot?
The City of Cambridge will...
- Secure all traffic-related permits for use of the parking space.
- Promote event via Facebook, Twitter, City websites.
- Create a PARK(ing) Day Map of Cambridge parking spots.
Criteria for obtaining a parking space
- Your display must be wholly contained within a parking space.
- You must provide a barrier (cones, potted plants, bollards, fence, rope line, etc.) separating the space from the travel lane and vehicle parking spaces. This is absolutely critical to participation. Please ensure that your plans include a description of the barrier.
- Activities are very important (even if that activity is sitting under a tree and reading a book)
- Spots should be open to the sidewalk and should feel welcoming for people to enter
- The roadway shall not be impacted (i.e. no drilling or nailing into the roadway).
- No commercial activities are permitted (i.e. selling food, drink, etc.), although seated spaces for consumption of food/drink is permitted.
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted.
- No cooking, grilling, fires or flames are permitted within the parking space.
- Anything associated with the display may not extend out of the parking space (i.e. No electrical extension cords extending over the public sidewalk).
- Spots cannot be political in nature.
Participants are responsible for...
- Sticking to the rough plan that they have outlined in their proposal
- The spot must be completely set-up no later than 8am
- There must be a barrier between traffic and the spot
- Tracking the approximate number of visitors to the spot
- Activities must be people-powered all day
- Cleaning up no later than 7pm* so that the space is as it was when they arrived.
- Abiding by the logo restrictions set forth by Rebar (http://bit.ly/1dK9knh).
- Abiding by the City of Cambridge restrictions set forth above.
- Additional promotion of event via your personal/business network, including social media
Register by June 16, 2017!
Check out the international PARK(ing) Day map!
2016 Participating Groups
North Massachusetts Avenue
- Reservoir Church / North Cambridge Soccer Nights: For the Love of North Cambridge
Porter Square to Harvard Square along Massachusetts Avenue
- Department of Public Works: Recycling and Composting
- Rejjee, Inc: Safe Rides bike registration
- InHouse Studio: Pollock Park
- Cambridge Water Department: Park of Microscopic Life
- Economic Development: Harvard Square Intercept Survey! This spot is open 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
- Cambridge Election Commission: Voter Registration
- Envision Cambridge: Mobile Engagement Station
- Longfellow House: The Longfellow Garden - An oasis in the city. This spot is open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- BoConcept Cambridge: Aquarelles and Scandinavian interior design
- Criminal Justice Policy Coalition: Together to end solitary
Broadway in front of Main Library
- Hubway: Separated Bike Lane from Trowbridge to CRLS (heading towards Harvard)
- City of Cambridge: Vision Zero
- Environmental & Transportation Planning: Yard Games
- Cambridge Public Library: Tribute to H A Rey and Curious George
- Cambridge Energy Alliance: Energy Efficiency Heroes
- Harvard University Planning Organization: Camping in Cambridge!
- Zipcar: Living Room Games
- Siena Construction: Piazza Siena
Inman Square and Cambridge Street
- Naveo Credit Union: Prize Wheel! This spot is open 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- PRACTICE Space: Backyard Garden Party
- SHIFT Community Bicycle Collective: Bicycle Tune-ups
- Cambridge Health Alliance: Sexual and Reproductive Health Program
- The Training Room: Fitness classes all day!
Central Square to MIT along Massachusetts Avenue
- Green Cambridge: Solar cooking, cardboard furniture and re-use ideas
- Community Art Center: Home Port placemaking initiative
- Cambridge Local First: Local Fashion Spot
- Cambridge Community Television: Sound Off - Election 2016. This spot is open 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
- Cambridge Bicycle Committee: Separated Bike Lane from Albany to Landsdowne in both directions. This spot is open 7:00 A.M. to 6:45 P.M.
- The Garment District: Dress-up Selfie Booth. This spot is open 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
- Cambridge Redevelopment Authority: Pop-up park
- Charles River TMA: Bus Bike Harmony
- Housing Division: The Little House on the Roadway
- Pro EMS, Fire, Police, Emergency Communications, Mass MEMA: Public Safety Obstacle Course
- Cambridge School Volunteers: Teenage Time Warp
- MIT Terrascope: Future of Cities
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Family games and resources
- Boston Custom Cards: Views from Kendall Square
- Soofa: Connected City
- GeoOrbital: Bike Commuting - Just another day at the office!
- Livable Streets Alliance - Outdoor office space
- Superpedestrian: Copenhagen Wheel demo rides
- Rejjee, Inc: Safe Bikes bike registration
- The Best Bees Company: Chess & Other Board Games
About PARK(ing) Day
Original concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org
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.
For More Information
For more information about PARK(ing) Day in Cambridge, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617/349-4671.