Dallas Will Have Park(ing) Day Friday

In case you haven’t heard, Park(ing) Day is happening this Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Main Street District (between Field and Ervay), in Deep Ellum (between Good Latimer and Malcom X), and in the Arts District (between Pearl and Olive on Flora). Park(ing) Day was started in San Francisco in 2005. It’s now held throughout the world and in 183 cities. It’s basically a day where groups take over metered spots and turn those 9-by-18-foot spaces into parks (or whatever they dream up). This will be Dallas’ first year. (Actually, I’m wrong. Dallas’ first year was in 2008 and held in Oak Cliff.) Since it’s right down the street and right up our alley, D will be taking over a spot.

We’re teaming up with Dirt, Half Price Books, and JD’s Tree Service to transform a boring area of concrete into a reading room forest. We’ll be on Main Street, right in front of Dirt and across from Iron Cactus. Please bring your gently used books and magazines and swap them for something new (or, at least new to you). Also, bring your kids around 5:30 as we’ll have some storytellers. And be sure to check out the rest of the street. I’ve heard there will be everything from bands and a pumpkin patch to a seesaw and a nature trail.

Oh, and if you’re looking for parking, we’re not taking up all the spots, so there will still be a few available. Or ride your bike.


  • D. Shapiro

    Can’t wait to read Mr. Holston’s review of the 9-by-18-foot nature trail…

    Might be a short enough hike that I’ll check it out in person.

  • books and nature trail. If you’d serve Guinness, It would be my perfect spot. I’ll just have to oblige you D.

  • We did Park(ing) day in Oak Cliff 3 years ago… it’s a great idea and lots of fun, but this is not the first Park(ing) day in Dallas.

  • I love to see Dallas getting more like the west coast in environmental activities in the city. We’ll be showing up to visit. When we started on green maids service in ’04 we felt like weird, no one believed our products will work. Well 7 years later we’re here, people love it. 🙂

  • Noah Jeppson

    It’s not the first PARK(ing) Day to hit Dallas, but it’s probably the largest installation (nearly 50 spaces) and the first one to take place in Downtown Dallas (in metered parking). The work that was started in Oak Cliff has expanded to “better block” events and a lot of great temporary transformations that re-envision the city’s public spaces. Friday’s PARK(ing) Day will bring together several businesses and organizations in a vibrant community setting downtown.