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D.C. parking spots will be turned into temporary mini parks in September

City planners are accepting pitches for pop-up designs

D.C. PARK(ing) Day (2013)
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Through August 16, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is currently soliciting applications for PARK(ing) Day 2019, a yearly event where dozens of metered street parking spaces throughout the city are transformed into pop-up parks. The event is set to take place September 20, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., coinciding with similar activities in various cities.

“The parks will be limited to metered parking locations without time-of-day restrictions, and should be located in the middle of blocks for safety reasons,” DDOT says in a recent release. “Participants will be responsible for the cost of materials or permitting fees associated with the temporary parks and will be responsible for cleaning up the spaces after the event.” Last year, nearly 30 proposals were approved. Past designs have featured games such as mini golf.

DDOT is hosting an information session about PARK(ing) Day at its offices tomorrow, July 25, at 11 a.m. (55 M Street SE). The event first launched in San Francisco in 2005, according to the department. Below are the restrictions on locations and items for the pop-up activities.

Location restrictions for PARK(ing) Day pop-up parks
District Department of Transportation
Item restrictions for PARK(ing) Day pop-up parks
District Department of Transportation