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News Blog: Tomorrow, September 20, is Park(ing) Day! Here are all the awesome things you can do in 11 pop-up public spaces

Park(ing) Day

Participants at a Park(ing) Day installation in 2018. Photo by PBOT.

(Sept. 19, 2019) Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Portland businesses, artists, nonprofits and others will participate in international Park(ing) Day with interactive public spaces in parking spots located throughout downtown Portland and the Central Eastside. 

At Park(ing) Day, organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) Portland in the Streets team, there will be a wide array of activities, visual arts, and awesome places to sit and enjoy our beautiful city. PBOT's Portland in the Streets initiative encourages people to get creative and reimagine their streets, parking spaces, plazas, and alleys as places to enjoy and engage the surrounding community. Other Portland in the Streets programs include block parties, community events, street paintings, and more. Click here to view a map of the 11 different Park(ing) Day installations.

parking day map

Click to view a map of all 2019 Park(ing) Day locations in Portland.

Some of the fun activities you’ll be able to participate in as part of Park(ing) Day include: a game of Transportation Twister, pop-up stations for making art as well as for planting and growing, bocce ball, and many more. Please join us on Park(ing) Day to experience these wonderful displays of Portland’s creativity. When you see something that inspires you, let others know by sharing on social media and tagging @pbotinfo.

Park(ing) Day is an internationally recognized day to creatively reimagine parking spaces from their usual use for parked cars into creative placemaking “parks” for the day. PARK(ing) Day happens across the world in September and gives people the opportunity to reenvision how we use our public spaces.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) 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. Learn more at

Happy Park(ing) Day, Portland!