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Coral Gables Invites all Local Businesses to Participate in PARK(ING) Day 2017

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Coral Gables is encouraging all local businesses to participate in PARK(ING) Day 2017 which is taking place on Friday September 15. PARK(ING) 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 PARK(ING) 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 click here to view the requirements and to download the application. Any business interested in participating must submit your application no later than Friday September 1. For any questions and for more information on the PARK(ING) Day 2017 please call 305-460-5008 or email 

3 Easy Steps to Participate in PARK(ING) Day 

  1. Review the Event Guidelines and Complete the FREE Event Application 
  2. Submit your completed application to Matt Anderson by Friday September 1 for approval. 
  3. On Friday September 15, enjoy turning your reserved on-street parking spaces in temporary parks/public spaces. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where in the City is PARK(ING) Day taking place? 

PARK(ING) 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

Last updated: 8/10/2017 8:24:51 AM