SDOT’s PARK(ing) day set for this Friday


The annual SDOT PARK(ing) Day, where Seattle parking spaces transform into public places, is set for this Friday, September 19. The event is happening all over the city, including here in lovely Ballard, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The 2014 PARK(ing) day is set to be the biggest one yet, with over 50 parks for Seattleites to visit throughout the city. The event, that now happens in every continent worldwide, is a fun way to raise awareness about the importance of a  walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.

This Friday Seattleites will have the opportunity to play life-sized Jenga in Pioneer Square, make their own smoothie on a bike-operated  blender in West Seattle, or hear a story at the “banned books” library in  Belltown.

Here in Ballard we will have five pop-up parks for locals to enjoy. Check out the list below for locations and information:

  1. Ballard Writers Collective: Ballard Writers Park outside The Scoop at 6406 32nd Ave NW. The park will feature an outdoor reading room that will include literary magazines, a book swap and writers of all genres participating in the Ask the Writer Booth. Writers include At Large in Ballard columnist and blogger Peggy Sturdivant, Karen Anderson on social media, the web and writing science fiction. Fiction and non-fiction writers, children’s and adult will be available throughout the day.
  2. Secret Garden Bookshop Park at 2214 NW Market St. The park will provide locals with a place to enjoy the neighborhood and read.
  3. Ballard Greenways: Greening Ballard at 5605 22nd Ave NW. The park will feature public art and a mini-park.
  4. Salmon Bay School Bike to School Committee at 1810 NW 65th St. The park will feature bicycle parking for students and staff.
  5. Peddler Brewing at 1514 NW Leary Way. The park will feature cornhole and video testimonial recording for those who have crashed on the Missing Link.

To plan your very own PARK(ing) Day tour, check out the map and full list of pop-up parks online.

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