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PARK(ing) Day is an annual global placemaking event in which community members lead the temporary transformation of parking spaces into people spaces. Taking place every third Friday of September, Seattle’s participation in PARK(ing) Day gives residents an opportunity to reimagine how streets can be used. Originating as a grassroots movement, the initiative has served as a way to repurpose public space and allows for communities to add park space where it is currently limited. In Seattle, we want to encourage communities to use streets as sites for public expression and creative experimentation, as well as for enjoyment of health and wellness.
In partnership with the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) and Design in Public, this year SDOT will hold a celebration and awards ceremony at the Center for Architecture and Design from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM on September 21 to recognize the installations that YOU vote for as exemplifying the goals of PARK(ing) Day. So be creative, and have fun and maybe you’ll be honored with the:
Pavement Upcycle Award: Most creative use of space -Helps people to shift their perspective from a parking space into an alternate reality capable of shifting perspectives
Collective Effervescence Award: Most connected to community – Produces a magical experience when participants have an emotional connection that happens when we are part of something bigger than ourselves
TRUST Award: Most interactive programming – Actively engages passerby in activities, discussion, and/or educational opportunities that are designed for TRUST (the theme of this year’s Seattle Design Festival)