SDOT has invited Seattle to pop up parks for a day–look for them in Fremont and think about yours for next year:

What can you do in a parking space? Well, for one thing, you can create a park for a day on September 19, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.!

PARK(ing) Day happens once a year, on the third Friday in September, and is an opportunity for any Seattleite to temporarily turn parking spaces into parks. The event raises awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.

The original PARK(ing) Day concept was developed by Rebar in San Francisco and has grown into a global movement with more than 1,000 parks in nearly 40 countries. Last year, Seattle boasted 45 pop-up parks around the city, each offering a fun and unique way to engage with the local community. The deadline for PARK(ing) Day applications is Friday, August 29, and instructions for submitting are here. It’s easy—and free—to join the fun! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, peruse the gallery of 2013 PARK(ing) Day parks, and download this year’s PARK(ing) Day poster.

PARK(ing) Day 2014 falls on the last day of the Seattle Design Festival, which runs from September 5 to 19. The festival celebrates the ways design makes life better, and this year’s theme is “Design in Motion,” perfect for PARK(ing) Day! The festival includes a wide range of events and activities, including a bike tour of Seattle’s parklets, a new type of public space inspired by PARK(ing) Day. More information about the parklet tour and other festival activities will be available soon.