PARK(ing) Day takes over parking spaces, turns them into parks

Parking might be a little extra tricky around town today, but it's all in the name of art and parks.

For five hours today, six vehicle parking stalls on University Street between First and Second Avenues will be converted into a tiny park. The takeover is hosted by the Seattle Art Museum, and part of the 2013 Seattle Design Festival. It's called PARK(ing) Day, and it's part of a national effort to create small amounts of greenspace.

"The temporary park will feature art making activities, music and games while its open," according to a press release from SAM. All of the activities are free and open to the public. Muralists Xavier Lopez Jr. and Ryan "Henry" Ward will also both be on-site to offer instruction and live art presentations.

The downtown installment of PARK(ing) Day is a joint project between SAM and the Trust for Public Land. And don't worry, no one is getting any special treatment; the organizations will be feeding the meters during that time, ensuring that the City doesn't miss out on any funding.

SAM isn't the only one participating, however.

Developed by a San Francisco art and design studio called Rebar, PARK(ing) Day was born in 2005 as a collaborative effort to turn parking spaces into small public parks for a single day. Other PARK(ing) Day locations, which are not affiliated with SAM but are endorsed by the Seattle Department of Transportation, include multiple spaces in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Columbia City, Lake City, South Lake Union, and West Seattle.

You can find all of the locations for parking spaces participating in PARK(ing) Day on the City's complete list.