BID Reimagines 7th Street on PARK(ing) Day

Monday, August 29, 2016

By Roquois Clarke

Imagine having enough elbow room in the heart of Chinatown to sit back and take in the scene along 7th Street, one of DowntownDC's most happening corridors.

On PARK(ing) Day Sept. 16, pedestrians will have the opportunity to experience pop up parks in car parking spaces throughout the city as part of this annual international day to promote urban open spaces. Businesses and organizations and other entities in D.C. will register with the city to take over a metered parking spot for the day and activate it for the public.

In past years, D.C. parking spots have featured free food and drinks, games, classes, exercise, art, unique seating arrangements, and many more surprises.

This year, the BID will host a pop-up park in the 600 block of 7th Street, which will feature live painting by acclaimed local artist Aniekan Udofia as

well as a conversation about reinterpreting what we know as 7th Street, NW, in bustling Chinatown. The BID will be asking the public to express their opinion about how 7th Street could become more people-friendly by picking their favorite ideas from a display of street scenes. The BID will also be asking on social media for public input about 7th Street and will be giving away prizes.

Stay tuned for more details about the BID's PARK(ing) Day spaces and the 7th Street pop up park and come out and visit the BID from 9-4 on Sept. 16.

Are you in DowntownDC and planning on participating in PARK(ing) Day? We'd love to hear from you. Contact Remi Wallace at remi@downtowndc.org for partnership opportunities.