Park(ing) Day: When Cities Transform into Parks
On September 19, you’ll probably notice parks sprouting up around Philly; parks that weren’t there the day before. That’s because Philadelphia is one of many cities around the world hosting International Park(ing) Day.
This is the seventh year local businesses, artists, and even individual citizens, have worked together to transform some of our on street parking spaces into alluring urban dwellings called parklets. We’re talking everything from miniature parks to miniature cafes cropping up near curb sides. It’s a great time to appreciate and embrace the need for pedestrian-friendly spaces within urban areas.
Pop by our game-themed parklet at 7th & Market Streets to relax and enjoy some lawn or board games. You can also spin the PPA prize wheel to win some cool PPA swag! We’ll also have employee decorated meters on display accepting donations for our yearly charity event, Santa Express! Last year, while crowning a “Park King,” we raised over $540. This year we hope to surpass that amount tenfold! So if you happen to drop some coins into a colorfully decorated meter, you’re not paying for parking, you’re making a charitable donation!
Since some on street parking spaces won’t be available for the day, parking might a bit trickier than most days. So if you’re planning on strolling through the parks scattered throughout Philly, use our parking locator as a helpful guide.