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Seattle PARK(ing) Day is Friday

Posted by Meghan Walker on September 17th, 2015

The city will be transformed into creative parklets tomorrow: Seattle PARK(ing) Day is on Friday, September 18 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. PARK(ing) Day is a “opportunity for Seattleites to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places,” according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.


Photo of a previous year’s PARK(ing) Day, courtesy SDOT

There will be several Ballard parklets on Friday, with art, games, gardening and more:

  • 6405 32nd Ave NW Freeform Art Park: Opening Space for Art and Community, Creating with clay and other arts materials
  • 6730 24th Ave NW Emerald City: For relaxing and education, includes bench, tables, and board games.
  • 6408 32nd Ave NW Outdoor Reading and Game Room: Includes easy chairs, rugs, potted plants, typewriter station, relaxing, literary
  • 2826 NW Market St Tree Time: For relaxing, art, and education, includes seating, putting green, and tables.
  • 5443 Ballard Ave NW Smaller Smarter Living: Installation showcasing smaller living ideas.
  • 5307 Ballard Ave NW Urban Farming in Seattle: Sited just below our rooftop farm at Bastille Cafe & Bar, our park will feature a micro urban farming experience with crops, chickens, and a little free seed library.
  • 5210 Ballard Ave NW Stoneburner-Gerald Cooperation Parklet: Demonstration parklet project.
  • 4600 Shilshole Ave Pop-up Protected Bicycle Lane: Protected bike lane demonstration project.
  • 915 NW 45th St Planted Curb Bulbs: Curb bulb enhancement demonstration project
  • Ballard NW 65th & 6th NW. In Ballard, Chris Saleeba often bikes with his four-year-old daughter to the Ballard Farmer’s Market. Chris teamed up with his co-workers at Alta Design & Planning to design a protected intersection for people who walk and ride bikes across NW 65th St at 6th Ave NW. Saleeba, along with his friends and neighbors from Ballard Greenways, will build and staff the intersection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday for PARK(ing) Day and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday during the Ballard Summer Parkways and Sustainable Ballard Festival. 

PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event that happens every year, “where artists, designers, and ordinary people improve streets and transform on-street parking spaces into temporary parks for a day,” writes the city. There will be temporary parks all over the city; click here for a map.


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6 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Simorgh // Sep 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    2826 NW Market “Tree Time” — this is to mourn the tree which City Light crews recently destroyed?

    Nice irony there!

  • 2 rose // Sep 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    what fun !! then do we get milk and cookies and naps

  • 3 communitymember // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    love these!

  • 4 guesty // Sep 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    yeah, the astro turf and lawn chairs I saw set up on 24th and 70th (approx.) looked so inviting I ALMOST stopped to sit amongst the cars driving by.

  • 5 UmOK // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    People realize a ticket to this clown show is $2,500, right? I recently sent an email to my tenants with the cost I’ll HAVE to pass on if the billion dollar levy goes through for an administration with have no better transit plan than putting couches into parking spaces. I don’t understand people who are doing the happy dance when they think they’re screwing over the person who wants to park and screwing over “property owners” and then look so stunned when they pay the cost.

  • 6 eric // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:44 am

    This is lame.

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