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50+ pop-up parks around the city, including 1 in Phinney-Ballard and 1 in Greenwood, for international PARK(ing) Day on Friday

Friday is international PARK(ing) Day, where community groups and neighbors create temporary pop-up parks in on-street parking spots, to raise awareness about safer streets, and healthy, sustainable, livable cities. Each installation includes creative furnishings, landscaping, and games such as a giant Jenga, corn hole, mini-golf, mah jongg, barbeques, art installations, etc.

One PARK(ing) spot in our neighborhood is at the intersection of NW 65th Street and 6th Avenue NW, where organizers will build a temporary protected bike lane and crosswalk. This site also was one of four winners of a Seattle Neighborhood Greenways award.

In Ballard, Chris Saleeba often bikes with his four-year-old daughter to the Ballard Farmer’s Market. Chris teamed up with his co-workers at Alta Design & Planning to design a protected intersection for people who walk and ride bikes across NW 65th St at 6th Ave NW.

Another installation will be in front of the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., where they’ll have a piano out for musical interludes throughout the day.

PARK(ing) Day installations will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, plus some will be up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday for the inaugural Ballard Summer Parkways event and the Sustainable Ballard Festival.

Check out a list and map of all installations in the city.