Parking turned into Parks!

PARKING DAY logoFour parking spaces on Ashley Drive between Twiggs and Zack Streets were transformed into an active park on September 19 for National PARK(ing) Day. This is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

PARKING DAY event 2Tampa Downtown Partnership, Urban Conga, AIA Florida, USF students, PGT Industries, and the City of Tampa took over these four spaces to promote a more walkable city and express the importance of street life activity.

  • The Urban Conga put together a space that promotes play through music and creativity with a musical bench and other playful instruments
  • Members of the USF jazz band performed along with anyone playing in the musical PARK(ing) space
  • SACD (School of Architecture and Community Design at USF) offered space for people to express and discuss their thoughts on the city of Tampa through art and conversation
  • Other local designers and artists provided two more spots with creative Placemaking through games, art, and design

Urban Conga received funding from AIA Florida and PGT industries for the build out and installation.  Contact Donna Chen at for more information.