PARKing Day

East Cambridge Dog Owners Group

PARK(ing) Day 2019 is September 20, 2019

Registration will open in March! Stay tuned. Email to join our mailing list for interested spot sponsors. 

PARK(ing) Day 2018 was a huge success!

In our biggest event yet, we partnered with 75 organizations, artists, businesses and City departments to turn 150 parking spots, including an open street on Main Street, into vibrant community spaces for the day! Check out what went down and email to join our mailing list for interested spot sponsors!

Download the map here.

For more Information

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

Democracy Center

PARK(ing) Day 2019 will take place on September 20, 2019. 

150 PARK(ing) spots and 75+ organizations involved in 2018!

The City of Cambridge partnered with over 75 community partners to create what may have been the largest PARK(ing) Day celebration in the world! 

Download the map here!

North Mass Ave

  • Livable Streets Alliance, CDD, Traffic & Parking, MBTA Bus & Bike Priority Lanes (7AM to 9AM Inbound, 3PM to 7PM Outbound)
  • Reservoir Church: Where do you find meaning in your life, these days? (8AM to 6PM)
  • Livable Streets Alliance & Glocal Challenge Outreach (8AM to 6PM)

Image of bike and bus in PARKing Day Bus and Bike Priority Lane 2018

Porter Square

Mini houses in parking spots 2018

  • Bluebikes Separated Bike Lane (7AM to 7PM)
  • Livable Streets Alliance, CDD, Traffic & Parking, MBTA Bus & Bike Priority Lane (3PM to 7PM Outbound)
  • Lesley Art + Design / Lunder Arts Center 
  • Down Under School of Yoga 
  • Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Cafe (7AM to 7PM)
  • Bluebikes Smoothie Bike (8AM to 6PM)
  • Envision Cambridge
  • GeoOrbital - Reinventing the Wheel (8AM to 6PM)
  • Cambridge Arts Council Street Performer Showcase & Open Studios Spotlight 
  • Office Hours with Vice Mayor Jan Devereux 
  • Audrey Day-Williams: The Reading Spot 
  • Henry Bear's PARKing Day! A Fun in the Sun, Last Days of Summer Spot 
  • Life & Death - Ceremonies for People in Love, Loss, or Limbo! 
  • Elections Commission Democracy is Sweet Voter Registration (8AM to 6PM)
  • CDD Housing Mini House 
  • The Harvard Coop: Celebrating Local Authors
  • Petite Hi-Rise: Mini Outdoor Cafe + Bakery
  • EF Education First: Opening the World Through Education

A smoothie-producing Bluebike in Porter Square 2018!

Central Square - City Hall (8AM to 6PM)

  • Cambridge Historical Commissioni PARK(ives) Archives (10AM to 2PM)
  • Outdoor Office with WeWork
  • 350MA/Green Cambridge: Conserve. Adapt. Restore
  • CDD Community Planning: Placemaking in Central Square
  • Cambridge Water Department

An historical day at the PARKives 2018

Central Square - near Lafayette Square

  • Central Square Business Association
  • Zero Waste Cambridge at DPW
  • CivicMoxie, LLC: CaffeiNation – a showdown of coffee vs. tea (8AM to 6PM)
  • G2 Collaborative: Parking Lot >>>> Wood Lot 
  • The Dance Complex: Dancing in the Street
  • Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture: The Wild Edge
  • La Fabrica: Latin Jazz, Bachata, and Merengue (7AM to 7PM)
  • Party In A Parking Spot: CCTV's 30th Birthday Party
  • Community Charter School of Cambridge
  • Pandemonium Books & Games: Adventures in Cantabrigia - Micro Games Edition!
  • Cambridge Arts Council: Community Supported Art
  • CultureHouse Pop-Up
  • City Councilor Craig Kelley: Bike Powered Blender
  • Go Car-less with Skedaddle
  • Mayor Marc McGovern: Children's Activities and Resources

CultureHouse Pop-Up in Central Square 2018

(Photo Credit: CultureHouse)

Kendall Square - Main Street

  • Cambridge Fire, Emergency Communications, Cambridge Police, ProEMS, Cambridge Animal Control
  • Cambridge Public Health Department: Engaging Cambridge Residents in Overdose Prevention
  • Soofa Pop-Up Picnic Parklet
  • Cambridge Public Library: STEAM at the Library
  • Cambridge Redevelopment Authority: Greening Kendall (8AM to 6PM)
  • Parkour Generations Boston: Pop-Up Movement Playground (8AM to 6PM)
  • Municipal Artists Main Stage: Our City Staff ROCK (8AM to 6PM)
  • CDD & Traffic and Parking Talk & Walk Vision Zero (8AM to 6PM)
  • Cambridge Energy Alliance: It's Electric! (8AM to 6PM)
  • Cambridge Public Health Department: Healthy Eating Active Living (10AM to 4PM)
  • MBTA Better Bus Project (8AM to 6PM)
  • The Curbshare Union (8AM to 6PM)
  • East Cambridge Planning Team: East Cambridge Open Space Trust Fund Project at Sixth Street Library
  • SLAM Architects Pump it up! (Books & Bikes)
  • The Greenstreets Initiative: Green Travel Agency and Scooter Demos
  • Solar Coffee /// Nano Grid \\\ PARKing Day
  • Boston Properties & CRA Present: Kendall Square Farmers' Market (10AM to 6PM)

Parkour in a parking spot 2018

Kendall Square - Third Street

  • Eastern Bank: Join Us for Good
  • Upgrade Cambridge Municipal Broadband for All (8AM to 6PM)
  • Charles River TMA Transportation Monopoly (10AM to 6PM)

Inman Square

  • CDD Economic Development Intercept Survey 
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health at Cambridge Health Alliance: Women's Health
  • Practice Space Design Studio Color Party
  • Prellwitz Chilinski Associates: What We Do
  • Naveo Credit Union: Celebrating 90 Years
  • Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities: Inclusion Works for Everyone!

Harvard Square

  • Art in Suburbia: The People’s Collaborative: Express Yourself.
  • Coalesce Design: See for Yourself
  • Mass Calisthenics - Get Moving!
  • Communities Responding to Extreme Weather

All Other Locations

  • Cambridge Bicycle Safety & Glocal Challenge Separated Bike Lane (7AM to 7PM) - In front of CRLS on Broadway
  • East Cambridge Open Space Trust: O'Connell Public Library Pocket Park (10AM to 6PM) - near 6th Street on Cambridge Street
  • St. Peter School - 172 Concord Ave

For more Information

To be added to the email list to participate next year, please contact Jennifer Lawrence at or call at 617/349-4671.

Parking Day Car

September 21, 2018 ~ PARK(ing) Day!

Activity Schedule

Central Square

The Dance Complex Workshops

  • 10:00 - 11:50 - Alexander Technique through Latin dance and play with Fanny Lora
  • 12:00 - 12:25 - Irish Dance with Jo Troll 
  • 12:30 - 12:55 - Hooping with Circe Rowan
  • 1:00 - 1:50 - Flamenco with Yosi Karahashi
  • 2:00 - 2:50 - Middle Eastern / North African Dance with Soumaya Marose 
  • 3:00 - 4:50 - Interactive Bollywood with Nikhil Paul
  • 5:00 - 5:50 - Tai Chi and open floor 

Community Supported Art with the Cambridge Arts Council

  • 10:00 - 12:00 PM: Book-maker Emily Cobb and painter Deidre Tao 
  • 12:00 - 2:00PM: Illustrator Miriam Bucheli (aka Mireli Books)
  • 2:00 - 4:00: Mixed-media artist Marcia Cohen
  • 3:00 - 4:00: Etcher Nancy Beams

Kendall Square: Main Street at Ames

Cambridge / Kendall Center Farmers Market, Main Street ~ 10AM to 6PM

School of Honk Parade ~ 3:30PM to 4PM

CDD Main Stage!

    8:00 AM: Tai Chi with Jean Lukitsh
    10:00 AM: Yoga for Everyone!
    11:00 AM: Bike Maintenance Basics Workshop with MassBike.
    12:00 PM: Poetry by Subu Karmacharya
    12:30 PM: Dance with Kumi Okabe
    1:00 PM: Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics Workshop.
    2:00 PM: Bodyweight Circuit Training with The Training Room.
    3:30 PM: HONK Parade!
    4:00 PM: Singer/Songwriter Stuart Dash
    4:30 PM: Band Land Brass Band
    5:00 PM: Tongue in Cheek Singers
    5:30 PM: Treble Alliance


Parkour Strength Training Workout 8:00 - 8:45am
Open Challenges & Play 9am - 12pm
Intro to Parkour Workshop 12:00 - 12:45pm
Parkour Strength Training Workout 1:00 - 1:45pm
Open Challenges & Play 2pm - 4pm
Intro to Parkour Workshop 4:00 - 4:45pm
Open Challenges 5:00 - 6:00pm

Harvard Square

  • 1-1:30PM: "Power for The People: Fitness Anytime, Anywhere with Bodyweight", an introduction to the benefits of minimalist workouts and how to build an easy, personalized plan around your ability level and schedule. 

Porter Square

Street Performers’ Showcase!

  • The Imaginators - 10am-12noon - experience the string and vocal talents of three young Cambridge musicians all under 16 years of age!
  • Chills Mills – 12-2pm – classic rock interpretations for keys
  • Magic Zach – 2-4pm - lively interactive up-close magic show

Bluebikes Separated Bike Lane from Roseland Street to the Shaking Crab ~ 7AM to 7PM

Bike / Bus Priority Lane from Roseland Street to Somerville Ave ~ 3PM to 7PM

North Mass Ave

  • Glocal / Livable Streets Alliance Bus & Bike Priority Lane Inbound from Rindge Ave to Walden Street ~ 7AM to 9AM
  • Glocal / Livable Streets Alliance Bus & Bike Priority Lane Outbound from Walden Street to Rindge Ave ~ 3PM to 7PM

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (449 Broadway)

  • Glocal / Cambridge Bicycle Safety Separated Bike Lane from Trowbridge to CRLS ~ 7AM to 7PM

Parking Day

Save the date for the 2018 event: Friday, September 21, 2018. 

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 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! 

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About PARK(ing) Day

Original concept by Rebar.


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 or call 617/349-4671.

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