The goal of Park(ing) Day is the same as it has been for 17 years: to call attention to the need for more urban open space, generate discussion and debate around how public space is utilized, and to improve the quality of urban habitat. For the last few years, we’ve seen parking spots utilized in ways they haven’t before: as restaurant dining space, gardens, bench spaces, and pedestrian rights-of-way. Since 2005, Park(ing) day has been an international event in which artists, citizens, and businesses transform a metered parking spot into temporary public space, and now the event is returning to downtown Tacoma on September 16 from 10am-2pm! Parking spaces along Pacific Ave. between S. 7th and S. 11th will be creatively and temporarily transformed for public use.
Check out this year’s map and list of participants!
Save the date and join us downtown to explore the parklets, enjoy local food vendors, and reimagine the use of public use spaces. DOTG will host a Walk Tacoma tour through the event footprint to highlight all participants. Tacoma’s 2022 Park(ing) Day is organized by Downtown On the Go. See examples of previous Tacoma Park(ing) Day parklets in the DOTG Facebook photo albums, and learn more about international Park(ing) day here.
PARK(ing) Day was originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio.