Clone of GovNews: City of Austin Reimagines Public Parking Spaces

Austin Transportation Department invites the public to reclaim, reimagine and reinvent parking spaces as temporary miniature parks, or “parklets,” for PARK(ing) Day

ARTICLE | Sep 6, 2018
City of Austin, TX

PARK(ING) DAY: REIMAGINE PUBLIC PARKING SPACES

Public invied to reclaim, reimagine and reinvent parking spaces as temporary miniature parks.

ATD invites the public to reclaim, reimagine and reinvent parking spaces as temporary miniature parks, or “parklets,” for PARK(ing) Day. To be held this year on Friday, Sept. 15, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event which generates public engagement and critical dialogue on the need for public, open spaces in urban areas. Austinites have created numerous, one-day parklets on PARK(ing) Days past.

"The City of Austin’s participation in PARK(ing) Day is one effort to promote creative, sustainable and welcoming public spaces that serve users of all modes, in line with the City’s Complete Streets Policy," says Mary Vo, Public Informaton Officer with the City of Austin Transportation Department. "As the City moves forward with updating its long-term transportation planning process, open dialogue such as that on PARK(ing) Day is critical in the near term. PARK(ing) Day in particular offers a uniquely creative opportunity for public engagement right in public space.

Thinking of organizing an event? The first step is to read the application packet. Participants are encouraged to submit applications by Friday, Sept. 1; the final deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 12. Participants must pay $35 for the permit fee and an additional usage fee for the parking space, which may range from $10 to $16, depending on the location. See the application packet for approvals required from adjacent homes and/or businesses.

To ensure safety and accessibility, parklet installations should follow these conditions:

  • Parking spaces must be delineated with a series of gripper cones (orange traffic cones); cones must be between 28 and 48 inches in height and cannot be attached to each other with string or ribbon.
  • Advertising, vending or amplified sound activities are not permitted.
  • Sidewalk or crosswalk paths must not be obstructed.
Participation is not limited to setting up a parklet. Visitors are welcome to stop by and interact with these installations. This year’s participants include the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Boomspace ATX and Austin Public Library. Further information on participants and their parklet locations is listed on Facebook.
 
For more information, please contact
Paloma Amayo-Ryan
512-974-1150
paloma.amayo-ryan@austintexas.gov

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