PARKing Day

East Cambridge Dog Owners Group

What: City of Cambridge Official PARK(ing) Day Celebration.

When: 8:00 A. M. to 6:00 P. M., Friday, September 15, 2017.

55 groups are transforming more than 120 parking spots into something else for the day in our official City of Cambridge PARK(ing) Day celebration!

Join us to ride along new separated bike lanes, hear about coworking spaces in Central Square, learn about wildlife in Cambridge, celebrate Vision Zero, and try out new technologies being developed in our community!

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For More Information

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

Democracy Center


PARK(ing) Day 2017 will take place on September 15, 2017

Join us on September 15 as we take over 120 parking spots and turn them into separated bike lanes, parks, art galleries, and much more!

We are thrilled to announce that the following groups are participating in our largest PARK(ing) Day celebration yet!

Check out all the spots today at our online map! 

  • Reservoir Church / North Cambridge Soccer Nights: Soccer Nights Fall Fun!
  • Harvard Urban Planning Organization: Design for Everyone: Everyone can be a creator/designer/maker
  • Lesley University: College of Art and Design: Participate
  • Criminal Justice Policy Coalition: Criminal Justice Reform
  • Cambridge Water Department: Park of Microscopic Life
  • Livable Streets Alliance: The True Cost of Parking
  • Cambridge Public Library: International Day of Democracy
  • Envision Cambridge: Mobile Engagement Station
  • Hubway Separated Bike Lane
  • Crimson Bikes: Wear your art! Create your own art helmet!
  • Bern: Wear your art! Create your own art helmet!
  • Blick: Wear your art! Create your own art helmet!
  • Vision Zero: Keep our streets safe with CDD and Traffic, Parking & Transportation
  • Cambridge Community Development Department: Building a Culture of Health
  • Cambridge Public Health Department: Cambridge in Motion Healthy Eating / Active Living
  • Lyft: LyftLawn
  • Friends of the Greenway
  • Harvard University CommuterChoice: Eduspaced! One day. One parking space. So much to learn.
  • Community Charter School of Cambridge
  • Public Safety Spot: Police, Fire, Emergency Communications, Animal Commission and ProEMS
  • Eastern Bank
  • Cambridge Energy Alliance: Your Energy - Energy Efficient Bike and Solar cooker
  • Rejjee, Inc: Bike Registration
  • BoConcept Cambridge: Create your own mini succulent garden with BoConcept
  • Zumba With Jess: POUND-Rockout Fitness Class
  • Naveo Credit Union: Prize Wheel! 
  • PRACTICE Space: Practice Space Birthday Party. Practice Space turns ONE
  • SHIFT Community Bicycle Collective: Bicycle Tune-ups
  • Cambridge Health Alliance Sexual and Reproductive Health Program: Health Relationships
  • Community Development Department: Housing Division Tiny House: Calling Cambridge Home
  • Parkour Generations Boston: Parkour & movement exploration
  • Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department: Bus/Bike Interactions: Touch a Truck!
  • GreenCambridge: Solar cooking, cardboard furniture and re-use ideas
  • Victim Resource Center and Center for Homicide Bereavement: Victim of Violent Crime Awareness on the Patio
  • City of Cambridge Animal Commission
  • WeWork: WeWork Outdoors Office
  • Cambridge Community Center
  • Superpedestrian: The Future of Transportation is Personal
  • Community Development Department Economic Development: Surveying and games in Central Square
  • Harvest Co-op Market: Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local
  • Boston Cyclists Union: Design your street!
  • Department of Public Works: Zero Waste Cambridge: Recycling and Composting
  • The Dance Complex: Dance Happens Here!
  • Cambridge Community Television: LIVE with the Candidates
  • Cambridge Bicycle Safety: Separated Bike Lane
  • Boston Cares: Service Station
  • EZRide Shuttle: Bus Bike Harmony
  • Cambridge School Volunteers: ¡CSV BOOK-NOOK!
  • Cambridge Election Commission: Register to Vote
  • Soofa: Sustainable Community Love
  • GeoOrbital: Riding bikes with the pedaling optional, another day in the office!
  • Community Art Center: Home Port Public Art Project!
  • Center for EcoTechnology: NO PARK(ing) UPCYCLING ZONE
  • For more Information

    To be added to the email list, please contact Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrence@cambridgema.gov or call at 617/349-4671.

    There are TONS of fun activities happening all day long! Check out the schedule below.

    This schedule will be updated frequently, so check back often.

    The online map is now live! Check it out today.

    Activity Schedule

    Harvard Square

    1 Oxford Street

    • 8:00 to 9:30 A.M. * Morning wellbeing sessions
    • 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. * Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab
    • 12:00 to 1:45 P.M. * Food Literacy Project & HUDS Ride for Food
    • 2:00 to 2:45 P.M. * Office for Sustainability Campus Walking Map
    • 2:45 to 3:45 P.M. * Recycling & Waste Services - Choose to Reuse demonstration
    • 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. * Bike maintenance & education with CommonWheels, Bike Harvard and HU Cycling Association

    1 Bow Street

    Join us for Pound, an aerobic fitness class where you dance and simulate drumming! Classes will be held at 11:45 A.M., 1:45 P.M., 3:45 P.M., and 5:15 P.M.

    47 Bow Street (near Daedalus) 

    • 9:00 A.M. * Meditation
    • 10:00 A.M. * Yoga
    • 12:00 P.M. * Urban Cycling Basics Workshop
    • 2:00 P.M. * Bike Maintenance Basics Workshop
    • 3:30 P.M. * Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics Workshop
    • 4:40 P.M. * Conversation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation about biking in MA.

    Central Square

    450 Massachusetts Avenue

    • Winners drawn at 4:00 P.M. * Take the Central Square Intercept Survey and be entered to win 2 tickets to Craft for a Cause! 

    Cambridge Tap

    2017 Participating Groups

    Unless otherwise noted, all spots are open from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

    North Massachusetts Avenue

    • Reservoir Church / North Cambridge Soccer Nights: Soccer Nights Fall Fun!

    Porter Square to Harvard Square along Massachusetts Avenue

    • Harvard Urban Planning Organization: Design for Everyone: Everyone can be a creator/designer/maker
    • Lesley University: College of Art and Design: Participate * This spot is open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    • Criminal Justice Policy Coalition: Criminal Justice Reform
    • Livable Streets Alliance: The True Cost of Parking * This spot is open 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M.
    • Cambridge Public Library: International Day of Democracy
    • Envision Cambridge * This spot is open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
    • Hubway Separated Bike Lane * This spot is open from 7:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

    Harvard Square

    • Crimson Bikes: Wear your art! Create your own art helmet!
    • Bern: Wear your art! Create your own art helmet!
    • Blick: Wear your art! Create your own art helmet!
    • Vision Zero: Keep our streets safe
    • Cambridge Community Development Department: Building a Culture of Health
    • Cambridge Public Health Department: Cambridge in Motion Healthy Eating / Active Living
    • Lyft: LyftLawn
    • Friends of the Greenway
    • Harvard University CommuterChoice: Eduspaced! One day. One parking space. So much to learn.
    • Community Charter School of Cambridge
    • Public Safety Spot with Pro EMS, Cambridge Police, Fire, Emergency Communications and Animal Commission * This spot is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
    • Eastern Bank
    • Cambridge Energy Alliance: Your Energy - Energy Efficient Bike and Solar cooker
    • Rejjee, Inc: Bike Registration
    • Envision Cambridge: Mobile Engagement Station
    • BoConcept Cambridge: Create your own mini succulent garden with BoConcept
    • Zumba With Jess: POUND-Rockout Fitness Class

    Inman Square and Cambridge Street

    • Naveo Credit Union: Prize Wheel! * This spot is open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    • PRACTICE Space: Practice Space Birthday Party. Practice Space turns ONE * This spot is open from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
    • SHIFT Community Bicycle Collective: Bicycle Tune-ups * This spot is open from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
    • Cambridge Health Alliance Sexual and Reproductive Health Program: Health Relationships * This spot is open from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
    • Community Development Department: Housing Division Tiny House: Calling Cambridge Home
    • Parkour Generations Boston: Parkour & movement exploration (also a spot on Broadway near CRLS)
    • Bus/Bike Interactions: Touch a Truck!

    Central Square to MIT along Massachusetts Avenue

    • GreenCambridge: Solar cooking, cardboard furniture and re-use ideas
    • Victim Resource Center and Center for Homicide Bereavement-Cambridge Health Alliance: Victim of Violent Crime Awareness on the Patio
    • Cambridge Tap Water with the Cambridge Water Department
    • WeWork: WeWork Outdoor Office
    • Cambridge Community Center
    • Superpedestrian: The Future of Transportation is Personal
    • Community Development Department Economic Development Division: Surveying and games in Central Square
    • Harvest Co-op Market: Think Local – Buy Local – Be Local
    • Boston Cyclists Union: Design your street!
    • Department of Public Works: Zero Waste Cambridge: Recycling and Composting
    • The Dance Complex: Dance Happens Here!
    • Cambridge Community Television: LIVE with the Candidates * This spot is open from 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
    • Cambridge Bicycle Safety: Separated Bike Lane * This spot is open from 7:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

    Kendall Square

    • Boston Cares: Service Station
    • EZRide Shuttle: Bus Bike Harmony
    • Cambridge School Volunteers: ¡CSV BOOK-NOOK!
    • Cambridge Election Commission: Register to Vote
    • Soofa: Sustainable Community Love
    • GeoOrbital: Riding bikes with the pedaling optional, another day in the office!
    • Community Art Center: Home Port Public Art Project!
    • Center for EcoTechnology: NO PARK(ing) UPCYCLING ZONE
    • Hubway: You Power Hubway Smoothies!

    What is PARK(ing) Day?

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    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! 

    About PARK(ing) Day

    Original concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org

    Source: http://parkingday.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 jlawrence@cambridgema.gov or call 617/349-4671.

    Harvard GSD