After you sign up, you will be added to the PARK(ing) Day Philadelphia Google Group where the most up to date communications will be delivered. Sign-up form below.

All teams are accepted, however park locations may vary. Locations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

A parking spot measures approximately 8 feet by 20 feet (maximum), anything smaller than this dimension is acceptable.

Please abide by all parking regulations. If you're unsure, take a photo of the parking sign and send it to


Anyone can host a spot for PARK(ing) Day, including activists, artists, architects, local businesses, and individual citizens. All event day participants are asked to sign a waiver and provide a Certificate of Insurance.

If you can't find the answer, send your inquiry to


Absolutely nothing! Participants report spending everything from $0 to several hundred dollars on the materials for installations in their spots, with most on the lower end of the scale. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has also waived the need to pay for the parking spots during the day. We send a list of parks to the City and PPA in August, and they work with us to help make the day a success!


A few...

  • There must be a barrier between your park and the vehicular travel lanes, and the barrier must be tall enough that a d river can see it ad know not to swerve into your park.
  • No commerce or overt advertising can occur in the park. It's okay to advocate for an issue, or to say "This park brought to you by XYZ Organization," but parks cannot look like trade show booths.
  • Park construction cannot encroach on vehicular travel lanes, at any height.
  • Stay away from corners.
  • Parks can only be in the space when it's legal to park a car there. If the space is subject to rush hour, loading zone, handicapped or valet restrictions, then the park is subject to the same restrictions.
  • Rule of thumb: if you can park a car in it, you can have a park in it.
  • Maintain one (1) park per block, check the constantly updated PARK(ing) Day Map for available locations.
  • Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis. So pick your location today!
  • Submit all required materials to receive your team's NO PARKING signs, forms are distributed to teams upon sign-up.


We hand out "no parking" placards a 1-2 weeks before PARK(ing) Day, and you can post these at your space ahead of time. If your space is on Chestnut or Walnut Streets, just be ready to go as soon as the rush hour restrictions end, and you should be fine. Also, we ask for all teams to be flexible--if you post your placards at your location and a driver disregards the placard, go to the next closest available space. The PPA is willing to cooperate with us but they/we don't have the resources to tow for PARKing) Day.


We are considering some new ideas, including a cluster of parks located on Arch Street in front of the Center for Architecture and Design (1218 Arch Street), an October event during DesignPhiladelphia, and maybe even a feature at Clean Air Council's Green Philly Fest.


We haven't turned away any team. However, we ask that all sign-ups and team materials are completed and submitted by August 31st.

PARK(ing) Day is an exciting opportunity to help reclaim our urban spaces for the good of children, teens, and their families.

It takes a city to raise a child, and our urban environments can be agents in our children’s learning and development. At the Temple University Infant and Child Lab, led by Dr. Kathy-Hirsh Pasek (, we think that children deserve the opportunity to play and learn everywhere in their city. That’s why, in collaboration with the William Penn Foundation, we have started the Philadelphia Playful Learning City (PPLC) initiative.

Our goal is to transform Philadelphia’s everyday spaces - supermarkets, bus stops, libraries, rec centers, parking spaces – into hubs of playful learning. To make this happen, we are collaborating with community partners with expertise in play, learning, architectural design, and urban planning to create playful learning pilot projects.

By incorporating a playful learning theme into Park(ing) Day this year, we can help to move this vision forward. Teams that choose to incorporate the Playful Learning theme will be eligible to compete for the Playful Learning Design Excellence Award – a special 2018 Park(ing) Day Award!

Playful learning is the idea that kids can play and learn at the same time. Playful learning includes free play, but takes this a step further by consciously designing play environments to enhance children’s learning in specific ways. For example, a traditional playground near a bus stop offers free play, but adding a puzzle wall that fosters spatial skills or a special hopscotch game that builds impulse control – like we did at Urban Thinkscape – creates playful learning. Stocking a library with more toys makes it more playful, but adding tangram blocks that invite families to play with geometric forms and a climbing wall with letters – like Cecil B. Moore library – creates playful learning!

To recognize the ingenuity that goes into playful learning design, groups that address the playful learning theme will be considered for a special Playful Learning Design Excellence award. We are happy to consult and collaborate with groups who are interested in integrating playful learning designs into their parklets. Because we aim to infuse playful learning into community spaces, we encourage teams to work with local community members and organizations to develop the design for your parklets. After Park(ing) Day is over, these playful learning installations can be donated to that community for future use. For instance, parklet installations could live on in community rec centers, parks, schools, libraries, or other city spaces – invigorating them with playful learning.

As we transform Philadelphia into a “playful learning city,” the unique stories from each playful learning pilot will be documented in our upcoming Playful Learning City Playbook, which aims to inspire and assist those who are considering designing playful learning initiatives of their own. PPLC is a part of Learning Landscapes, an exciting global initiative of the Brookings Institution that combines architectural design and psychological science to embed playful learning into the daily life of our cities. You can read more about Learning Landscapes here.

In prior projects, we have built playful learning into local supermarkets by designing colorful signs asking questions that sparked parent-child conversations about vegetables, milk, and other food items, resulting in a 33% jump in language interactions. Recently, we launched Urban Thinkscape at the corner of N. 40th Street and Lancaster Ave, which infused a bus stop and adjacent lot in Belmont with playful learning installations targeting spatial skills, narrative language, and self-regulation. We also created Parkopolis, a human-size board game that fosters STEM and reasoning skills. Below are links to videos and websites for Urban Thinkscape and Parkopolis.

Additional links:

Urban Thinkscape Website Urban Thinkscape Video Parkopolis Website Parkopolis Video