Park(ing) Day

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Due to the predicted rain and thunderstorms for Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, Park(ing) Day is being rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.  The Center City Development Office in partnership with the Downtown Alliance/Centro will host PARK(ing) Day on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Park(ing) Day takes and transforms parking spaces into small parks or other creative uses for a day. The original concept for PARK(ing) Day was developed in 2005 by an art and design studio in San Francisco called Rebar and the event has grown each year since then.

The event will take place in metered parking spaces along Main Street in the blocks between Houston and Pecan Streets. A panel of judges will select the three best transformed parking spaces of the day and prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. in the Little Patch Garden, located at Pecan and Main Streets.  The event is free and open to the public.

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!

For details, visit http://sanantonio.gov/ccdo/NewsAndEvents/Events.aspx, http://parkingday.org; or contact Megan Wright at (210) 207-8031.


Park(ing) Day may not be what you think. Park(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where residents, artists and actvists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking space to "PARK(ing)" spaces, or temporary public places. The mission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate a critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, while imporving the quality of urban human habitat...until the meters run out!

In 2005, this project was started by Rebar, a San Francisico art and design studio, who converted a single meter parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then, the Park(ing) movement has grown to a global scale. 

On September 20, San Antonio will celebrate Park(ing) Day by engaging "parks"! Staying true to the open-source mentality, residents, artists, and activists are asked to collaborate and create these "parks." Before you go making an undesignated metered spot a Park(ing) spot, you can apply to be a sponsor, a community group, organization, City department, or other  business that “sponsors” a  metered parking spot  and is responsible for creating a small park in that space at sanantonio.gov or download this PDF.

An event will take place in metered parking spaces along Main Street in the blocks between Houston and Pecan. A panel of judges will be selecting the three best transformed parking spaces of the day and prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. in the Little Patch Garden, located at Pecan and Main.  The event is free and open to the public.

Help make San Antonio a better urban human habitat by creating, participating, and enjoying a parking spot sized piece of public space. Send us your pictures and locations of your Park(ing) Spot to NOWCastSA via Twitter @NOWCastSA or Facebook!