Patrick McDonnell, Creative Director and owner of Patrickm02L, swings on a swing-set to promote his forthcoming swing-set park in Deep Ellum  at the annual Park(ING) Day promoting temporary green spaces in downtown Dallas, TX on September 20, 2013.

Patrick McDonnell, Creative Director and owner of Patrickm02L, swings on a swing-set to promote his forthcoming swing-set park in Deep Ellum at the annual Park(ING) Day promoting temporary green spaces in downtown Dallas, TX on September 20, 2013.

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To display a better use of urban space, parking spots all along Main Street in Downtown are turning into pint-sized parks to join in on the worldwide movement of Park(ing) Day.

Over 30 countries and 160 cities participate in this celebration to show a brighter, greener and more beautiful urban landscape. It falls on the third Friday in September, meaning this year's event will take place on September 16.

Main Street's metered parking spots from Field and Harwood will close from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the spots between Crowdus and Pryor will cose from 6 p.m. to midnight to allow artists, designers and residents the chance to shine some new light in the area.

"Park(ing) Day gives people a chance to see our city in new ways," said Jessica Martinez Co-Organizer of Park(ing) Day Dallas. "More importantly, it sends a message to developers and city planners we want a more walkable, vibrant city."

This is the sixth time Dallas has celebrated this international holiday, and past mini-parks have included playgrounds, bandstands, and gardens. 

PARK(ing) Day / PARK(ing) Night

Downtown Dallas, Inc., a non-profit that runs various downtown improvement programs, supports Park(ing) and said they look forward to the event each year. 

"It emphasizes the importance of positive activation of public space in our downtown districts while enhancing the community of workers and residents," said Doug Prude, Economic Development & Planning Analyst of Downtown Dallas, Inc.

This is also the first year that the program has been expanded into Deep Ellum. In the past, the parks remained in the central parts of downtown. 

"It helps start a conversation about innovation, walkability and urban design," said Jessica Burnham, the Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation. "The idea of reimagining a space for a more usable place is what's needed in our city."

Shraddhesh Anavkar (third from left) plays skeball at the Studio Outside booth during "Park(ing) Day Dallas" on Main St. in downtown Dallas, Texas on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. The booths ranged from singers to sandwich joints. 

Shraddhesh Anavkar (third from left) plays skeball at the Studio Outside booth during "Park(ing) Day Dallas" on Main St. in downtown Dallas, Texas on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. The booths ranged from singers to sandwich joints. 

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