WASLA, SDF, and PARK(ing) Day: A Huge Success!

Months of coordination with partners at SDOT and the Seattle Design Festival paid off with smashing success! On Friday, September 19th, Seattle joined the worldwide celebration of PARK(ing) Day. 

2014 PARK(ing) Day Seattle Stats: The figures below show why 2014 PARK(ing) Day Seattle was the best year yet!

  • Participants set up fifty parks—more than in any prior year—across the city, including six by WASLA member firms.
  • More than 150 community members explored the process of public space design by creating a pop-up park.
  • 25 volunteers, including many from WASLA, United Way, and other groups, assisted with event coordination and day-of documentation through photography and visitor survey.
  • Volunteer photographers captured more than 600 photos of the event. Click here to view the PARK(ing) Day Seattle photo album on Flickr
  • 13 parks received PARK(ing) Day Awards. Click here to view this year’s PARK(ing) Day Seattle Award Winners. Awards were announced at the SDF Closing Party by Matt Lerner, co-founder of WalkScore. 
  • Approximately 2,100 visitors were reported across all parks!

In addition, through sponsorship by member firms, WASLA was able to cover 100% of the required safety cone and signage rental costs for park participants. In doing so, WASLA ensured PARK(ing) Day participation was open and accessible to all. Thank you again to 2014 PARK(ing) Day Seattle sponsors: Project Groundwork, GGLO, The Watershed Company, Swift Company, J.A. Brennan, Anchor QEA, SvR Design Company, and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

And special thanks to all who created a park, supported or assisted a park team, or ventured out to visit parks on the day of the event. Bravo!
Mark your calendars: 2015 PARK(ing) Day will take place next year on Friday, September 18th, 2015.

To learn more or for updates about next year’s event, follow Seattle PARK(ing) Day on twitter @parkingdaySEA or use the hashtag #seaparkingday. To find content from PARK(ing) Day events around the world, use the hashtag #parkingday. 

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