SDOT Celebrates PARK(ing) Day with a Latino Flair

On Friday, September 16, cities around the globe, artists and community members independently, but simultaneously temporarily took over and transformed parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.”

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Latino City Employees partnered with  Feet First to create a park to raise awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city and to kick-off the Latino Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). Latin American flags lined the space, spiking the interest of pedestrians and motorists alike. We invited people into our space where we had lawn games, chairs, music, and shared information about the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, SDOT services, and events to celebrate the Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month.

Over fifteen street parking spaces in Seattle, from Rainier Valley to Fremont, were taken up by PARK(ing) Day participants. Feet First collaborated with several organizations and individuals, including the City of Seattle, King County Parks, and Seattle Art Museum, to sprout 16 temporary parks this year.