Design your own park!

Parking Day 2008

Last year's parking space was designed by CMU students at Schenley Plaza, and played on the idea of the Plaza's transformation from a parking lot into a park.

The Parks Conservancy is looking for design-minded park lovers to create a space for this year’s National PARK(ing) Day! The event, held this year on Friday, September 18, is an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks. To see photos of last year’s spaces, click here.

Friday, September 18, 2009 will be the second annual Pittsburgh PARK(ing) Day. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is holding a design contest for a memorable PARKing space to promote our summer campaign: PARKS ARE FREE.

The winning design will be funded for up to $100, and must be executed and staffed by the designer. Please contact Laura Cook at with questions or to submit a sketch or outline of your design idea. The deadline for entry is Friday, August 28 at 4 p.m.