DDOT has released a list of locations where you can find a temporary parklet for tomorrow’s Park(ing) Day.
Park(ing) Day started out in San Francisco as an unapproved, guerrilla performance art project turning a parking space into a temporary park to show how much public value cities could get from the land devoted to storing even one car.
After trying to impose ridiculous requirements the first time someone tried it in DC, DDOT more recently started explicitly condoning and encouraging the idea by writing simpler guidelines and giving out permits.
BIDs in Georgetown, the Golden Triangle, and NoMa are organizing their own, as are agencies like DC Water, DPR, and OSSE, and businesses including Urbanful, Baked & Wired, Zipcar, and BicycleSPACE. There’s also going to be one at the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) run by councilmembers Tommy Wells and David Gross which got left off the map.
Parklets will be open from 9 am to 3 pm (or for a subset of that time, if the organizers don’t want to run it all day — midday is often the best time to head over).
Park(ing) Day festivities won’t be confined to the District. Arlington is participating too, with at least one large location in Court House. There could be others throughout the region, too.
If you stop by a parklet, snap a photo and put it in the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool or send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll feature images from parklets around the city in a roundup next week.