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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Park(ing) Day!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Design Week Portland invite the community to submit their ideas for a special only-in-Portland Park(ing) Day.  Held on the first day of Design Week Portland, April 14, the Portland-only Park(ing) Day will create opportunities for Portlanders, artists and activists to reinvent public spaces as mini-parklets around the city.

Read more about the collaboration here!

PBOT will be holding a design competition for the Design Week installations!   The competition categories are as follows:

  • Sustainable/Eco-friendly: creating an installation on a minimal budget, using repurposed/recycled/sustainable materials;
  • Young professional: interns, firm new-hires, grad students, university senior projects;
  • Activating the Streets: installation that invites designers to re-imagine the public space;

Please check back for further competition details!

Design Week Portland / Parking Day 2018

What It Is

PARK(ing) Day happens across the world in September and gives people the opportunity to re-envision how we use our public spaces. The City of Portland has been participating in this international event since 2006. PARK(ing) Day creates opportunities for Portlanders, artists, designers and activists to create more public spaces. The goal of the program is to inspire creative placemaking and to highlight different uses of the public right-of-way. PBOT wants to encourage you to rethink how streets can be used.

Program Goals

PARK(ing) Day seeks to:

  • Encourage residents, designers, businesses, artists, activists, and community organizations to use their streets for creative placemaking and street prototyping

  • Strengthen community connections

  • Increase awareness about the importance of walkable, livable, and healthy cities

Apply for PARK(ing) Day Permit

PARK(ing) Day 2017 was a success! Thank you to everyone who participated. If you’d like to participate in the upcoming Design Week Portland PARK(ing) day on April 14, 2018, please see our PARK(ing) Day Manual to learn more about the application process and requirements for the event.


Design Week Portland - application must be submitted no later than April 7, 2018

International PARK(ing) Day - application must be submitted no later than September 14, 2018

How to install a PARK for a day

  • Find a location for your installation. Please check out our PARK(ing) Day manual to ensure that your location is within the allowable parameters. Each PARK(ing) Day applicant may only reserve a maximum of two parking spaces per blockface.

  • Design your installation! Download the application, draw out your installation in detail. Include all the objects that you intend to have in your space. Please show how the space will be kept safe from cars.

  • You are required to notify all residents and businesses that are on the same side of the block as your installation and submit documentation of notification. Documentation can be in the form of a note, email, flyer, or outreach log. Notification shall include the site, the time and your contact information.

  • Submit your application to PBOT

  • PBOT will review your application for safety. Once approved, we will let you know when the permit is ready for pick up and payment.

Contact information

The application can be mailed to: 

               City of Portland

               Portland in the Streets

               1120 SW 5th Ave, STE 800

               Portland OR 97204

 The application can be dropped off at:

               1001 SW 5th Ave, 5th Floor

               Portland OR 97204


  If you have questions, please contact us at: 503-823-5520 or



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