The City of Columbia invites YOU to participate in Columbia’s 6th Annual Park(ing) Day!

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.   The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

We are excited to announce that the City of Columbia, in partnership with the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects and One Columbia for Arts and History, is again helping to facilitate Park(ing) Day, a national event that takes place on Friday, September 17th. This event is about reclaiming on-street parking spaces as public space for people, for one day out of the year (10AM- 4PM). Participants design and install temporary elements that can include seating, art, games, plants, etc. to encourage people to interact in the public right-of-way.  

 And we want you to join in. 

 Park(ing) Day is about designing open space that not only attracts but also engages the community through the physical design of the space itself. Your park can be a nice place to sit and read. It can be a place for a sculpture. It can be an outdoor art gallery. It can be a botanical garden. It can foster community dialogue. It can be a picnic area. It just takes a bit of imagination and an application.

How to Par(k)ticipate:

And this year there will be prizes.

This year, we’re rolling out two contests with Park(ing) Day – a People’s Choice Award, and a juried Best Design Award.   Winners get bragging rights, as well as some fun, locally-sourced, prizes.  Based on parking days past, we know the competition will be steep – so bring your A-game!

To sign up, visit .  If you have questions regarding the Park(ing) Day, contact Planning and Development Services Department at 803-545-3222 or via email at [email protected].  For information on the international Park(ing) Day movement, see  .