Denverites Reclaim Parking Spaces as People Places!

Published on September 15, 2022

Photo of three parklets in front of Denver's Wellington Webb Building on PARK(ing) Day.

DENVER – PARK(ing) Day returns to the City and County of Denver as we join other cities around the world in temporarily reclaiming on-street parking spaces for people places, or “parklets.” PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that encourages businesses, community groups, and other organizations to reimagine parking spaces and public streets as vibrant, people-friendly places.

This year, we are joined by community members and local businesses competing in a parklet design contest. Prizes will be awarded for various categories including most social, recreational, connected, cultural, and sustainable, as well as a People’s Choice award. The categories are based on The Outdoor Downtown plan – a 20-year playbook aimed at making Downtown's parks and public spaces world-class destinations.

Parklets will be up from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow and will span across three locations in downtown Denver: Market Street (between 15th & 16th), Glenarm Place (Between 16th & 17th), and Court Place (between 14th & 15th).

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When:     Tomorrow, September 16 at 12:30 p.m.        

Where:    15th & Market Street at the Denver Streets Partnership Parklet

What:      B-roll of Denver’s PARK(ing) Day festivities, interview organizers

This year’s event is hosted by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, Denver Streets Partnership and Downtown Denver Partnership. The public is invited to join the fun and stay for the afterparty at 4:30 p.m. at The Outer Space located just west of Welton on the 16th Street Mall. People can RSVP for the afterparty at https://bit.ly/parkingday-afterparty.

Since the first temporary parklet was set up in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day has been celebrated all over the world as designers, students, artists, and community members reimagine public streets.