September 04, 2013
District of Columbia to Participate in PARK(ing) Day
Annual event encourages alternative use of parking spaces for a day to highlight sustainability initiatives
(Washington DC) For the first time, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will participate in the annual PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 20, 2013, to highlight the District’s sustainability efforts and kick off car-free day activities in the region. Started in 2005 in San Francisco, the event has spread to cities around the world, as residents and businesses create temporary park spaces in parking spaces.
PARK(ing) Day will be open to anyone seeking to sponsor a six-hour temporary park. 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 has developed a simple application form to be able to track and review potential locations. Event applications are due by Wednesday, September 11. Participants will be responsible for all costs associated with the temporary parks and will be responsible for cleaning up the spaces after the event.
“This is a way for us to celebrate our sustainability efforts and encourage the creativity of District residents, businesses, and visitors,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “We think this is a great idea to bring to the District to make sure people are engaged in our transportation system.”
PARK(ing) Day will help kick-off the region’s Car Free Day activities (www.carfreemetrodc.com) which encourages the region’s residents to give up their car for a day and utilize other modes of transportation.
Download the PARK(ing) Day application.
For more information about participating in the District’s PARK(ing) Day and/or to request an application please contact Stephen Hurst at (202) 671-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.