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The Adorable Instagrams of PARK(ing) Day

Celebrate the annual event that launched a thousand city parklets.

Flickr/Greenbelt Alliance

Are things looking a little more whimsical out on the streets today? That’s because it’s PARK(ing) Day, the annual event where “citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces” into tiny public spaces, according to the official website. Started in San Francisco in 2005, the idea has since launched a thousand somewhat more permanent parklets, pop-up parks, and pocket parks (call them what you will, but it better be alliterative), and several coffee-table books’ worth of twee Instagram posts. Folks find all sorts of endearing and head-scratching uses for these spaces, from games of ping-pong to hosting life-size replicas of Pokémon. Find a few of our favorite shots from this year’s celebrations, from Singapore to Dallas.

Los Angeles plays itself

It's on! #ParkingDay #TableTennis #StirParkingDay2016 #CreatingBetterEnvironments #Architecture #UrbanDesign #Design

A photo posted by STIR Architecture (@stirarchitects) on

Ekilstuna, Sweden throws some adorable shade

🌂🌳🚌 #foodtruckfestival #kungsplan #eskilstuna #medborgardialog #stadsutveckling #parkingday

A photo posted by Malin (@malein23) on

Hey Dallas, wouldn’t they want a getaway car?

Look who I found! Bonnie and Clyde! Come see the @dallaspubliclibrary #parkingday space (corner of Main and Ervay) and get your own selfie with the infamous outlaws! #parkingday2016 #getotl

A photo posted by Peter | MLIS (@petercoyl) on

Madrid’s succulent game is strong

Sorpresas que te alegran el día!! #Flores #parkingday #afloremio

A photo posted by Golpeseijo@gmail.com (@golpeseijogolf) on

Columbia, South Carolina shows the arrogance of parking space

There's so much more room for activities without a car there!#Repost @quackenbusharchitects ・・・ @news19wltx @wistv10 Come show Park(ing) Day some love and check out all of the creativity downtown! See our space on Hampton street #Columbia #parkingday #aslapd16

A photo posted by Landscape Architects (@landscapearch) on

Montreal’s feet are looking extra fly

[ PARKING DAY ! On t'attend au coin Castelnau / Henri Julien 👋🏻 ] #ABCParkingDay #ParkingDay #Mirroir #Reflet #Reflexion #MtlMoments #MontréalJeTaime #AndyEtSon42 #ParkingDayMontreal #Mirror #Villeray #VillerayLove #ParkingDayMtl

A photo posted by Andréanne🌿🎿🌲 (@andycurly) on

Not sure this thing in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, looks inviting

#parkingday #eidaturabo #aslapd16 #eidaparkingday2016

A photo posted by Rudy J. Casillas (@rudyjaaziel) on

Snorlax, the Singapore urbanist

#ParkingDay #Singapore #2016 life size #Snorlax #SUTD photo credit: @Joonuts

A photo posted by Bartholomew T (@butternmilk) on

Franklin, Tennessee goes #meta

Our Park(ing) Day park is officially open in Downtown #FranklinTN! Stop by for live music, photos, popsicles, and great conversation! #WillCoMoves #parkingday

A photo posted by Franklin Tennessee (@visitfranklintn) on

About the Author

  • Laura Bliss
    Laura Bliss is a staff writer at CityLab. She writes about the environment, infrastructure, and cartography, among other topics.