Public invied to reclaim, reimagine and reinvent parking spaces as temporary miniature parks.
ATD invites the public to reclaim, reimagine and reinvent parking spaces as temporary miniature parks, or “parklets,” for PARK(ing) Day. To be held this year on Friday, Sept. 15, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event which generates public engagement and critical dialogue on the need for public, open spaces in urban areas. Austinites have created numerous, one-day parklets on PARK(ing) Days past.
Thinking of organizing an event? The first step is to read the application packet. Participants are encouraged to submit applications by Friday, Sept. 1; the final deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 12. Participants must pay $35 for the permit fee and an additional usage fee for the parking space, which may range from $10 to $16, depending on the location. See the application packet for approvals required from adjacent homes and/or businesses.
To ensure safety and accessibility, parklet installations should follow these conditions:
Parking spaces must be delineated with a series of gripper cones (orange traffic cones); cones must be between 28 and 48 inches in height and cannot be attached to each other with string or ribbon.
Advertising, vending or amplified sound activities are not permitted.
Sidewalk or crosswalk paths must not be obstructed.
Participation is not limited to setting up a parklet. Visitors are welcome to stop by and interact with these installations. This year’s participants include the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Boomspace ATX and Austin Public Library. Further information on participants and their parklet locations is listed on Facebook.