PARK(ing) Day
Jun 19, 2018

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. 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!


We are excited to announce that the City of Columbia, in partnership with the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects and One Columbia for Arts and History, is again helping to facilitate PARK(ing) Day, a national event that takes place on Friday, September 21. This event is about reclaiming on-street parking spaces as public space for people, for one day out of the year (10 a.m.- 4 p.m). Participants design and install temporary elements that can include seating, art, games, plants, etc. to encourage people to interact in the public right-of-way.  


 And we want you to join in. 


Your park can be anything that a park can. It can be a nice place to sit and read. It can be a place for a sculpture. It can be an outdoor art gallery. It can be a botanical garden. It can foster community dialogue. It can be a picnic area. It just takes a bit of imagination and an application.


How to Par(k)ticipate:

  • Get the Application
  • Plan your Park
  • Get the necessary insurance, or if you are an artist or with an arts organization, contact One Columbia at [email protected] or 803-254-5008) for support
  • Complete the Application
  • Submit the Application by 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Apply to bag your meter by noon, Friday, September 14, 2018


To sign up, visit our website.  If you have questions regarding the PARK(ing) Day, contact Planning and Development Services Department at 803-545-0229.  For information on the international PARK(ing) Day movement, visit this website