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Coral Gables Celebrates PARKing Day 2016

PARKing Day 2016   PARKing Day 2016
 PARKing Day 2016  PARKing Day 2016

The City of Coral Gables celebrated PARKing Day on Friday September 16. PARKing Day is an opportunity for people to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used. This year’s event was the biggest one yet with 9 locations that were set up throughout the City. Those that attended were able to learn about a variety of topics including recycling, Everglades National Park, the City’s Sustainability Efforts, and much more. Individuals were also able provide input on the development of the City’s Multimodal Transportation Plan. Thank you to everyone that attended and participated. Please see the list below of businesses/organizations that participated. The City looks forward to having the event again next year on Friday September 15, 2017.

Participating Business 
 City of Coral Gables
 Coral Gables Economic Development 
Coral Gables Transportation & Sustainability 
 Coral Gables Museum
 Books & Books/Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
 Biyou Bridal/Mens Warehouse
 Orange Driftwood
 Torre Companies
 Dover Kohl & Partners

Please feel free to contact Matt Anderson at 305-460-5008 or email manderson@coralgables.com with any questions about the event or if you are interested in participating next year.  


Coral Gables Invites all Businesses to Participate in PARKing Day 2016


Coral Gables is encouraging all local businesses to participate in PARKing Day 2016 which is taking place on Friday September 16. PARKing Day is an opportunity for people to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used. 

Any use of the right-of-way, including the use of on-street parking spaces for PARKing Day, requires a permit. But don’t worry because the City has created a special type of free permit to make it easy for you to participate. Please see below to view the requirements and to download the application. Anyone interested in participating must submit an application no later than September 2. 


3 Easy Steps to Participate in PARKing Day 

  1. Review the Event Guidelines
  2. Complete a free event application and submit to Matt Anderson by Friday Sept 2. 
  3. On Friday Sept 16, enjoy turning your reserved on-street parking spaces in temporary parks/public spaces. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where in the City is PARKing Day taking place? 

PARKing Day is taking place all over the City. Businesses/individuals can request to reserve on-street parking spaces throughout the City to participate in the event. 

What hours can my park be open?

Your park can be open between 7:00 am and midnight. All set-up and tear down must happen within these hours, however, upon review of application, Public Works may further restrict set-up and tear down times based on rush hour traffic.

With construction taking place as a part of the Streetscape project, can a business still request a space on the Miracle Mile? 

The City is allowing businesses to request spaces on the Miracle Mile but it is subject to change based on construction. Participants may be asked to relocate to spaces off of Miracle Mile as the event nears. If you are requesting parking spaces on Miracle Mile, please as a part of your application include alternative locations off of Miracle Mile in case we need to move your location prior to the event. 

Can a participating business use any parts of the sidewalk during the event? 

The sidewalk cannot be used as an addition to and/or substitution for the parking spaces because it can obstruct pedestrian mobility. The sidewalk can only be used during set up and pick up and all loading and unloading activities must ensure pedestrian and vehicle mobility. 

How large is a typical parking space?

A typical parking space that is 90 degrees is 19 feet and a parallel parking space is 22 feet. 

What activities and items are allowed in the parking space?

We encourage you to try out some of these items and activities to help make your park a comfortable
and inviting space (please see the event guidelines for height and setback requirements):

  • Sod material (over tarp) and potted plants
  • Tables, chairs, or benches
  • Arts and crafts, games, or other cultural activities
  • Art displays or easels
  • Rugs, carpets, blankets, or similar surface coverings
  • Freestanding umbrellas adjacent to the curb
  • Informative signs or displays

What Items and Activities are Restricted? 

We want you to have fun in your park, but we want to keep everyone safe, too. This list isn’t intended to be discouraging. If you have questions about why you can’t do or use anything listed below, feel free to contact Matt Anderson.

Anything that may pose a distraction to drivers is prohibited:
  • Banners
  • Balloons, flashing lights, or other similar objects
  • Canopies or free-standing tents

The following items or activities may be a nuisance or pose a safety hazard to neighboring businesses or residents and are therefore prohibited:

  • Sidewalk storage or overflow of activities onto sidewalk
  • Charcoal grills
  • Vending or merchandise display
  • Amplified sound
  • Alcoholic beverages or food service      

Contact Matt Anderson for more information: 305-460-5008 or manderson@coralgables.com


The City of Coral Gables Celebrates PARKing Day 2015

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Parking Day 2015

On September 18th, the City of Coral Gables celebrated PARKing Day 2015. It’s an international event that occurs the third Friday in September, each year. It is an opportunity for people to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.

Last year, the City sponsored one parklet and transformed the parking spaces at the intersection of Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Boulevard into a beautiful public space. This year, we invited businesses to join us in the transformation of parking spaces to parklets. The event turned out to be a huge success. The City had 7 organizations at 4 locations participate. Above are only a few photos.

Last updated: 10/14/2016 10:47:49 AM