Montgomery Parks in Collaboration with County Agencies Repurpose Parking Spaces as a Creative Installation for PARK(ing) Day

by MCS Staff

Montgomery Parks in cooperation with the Wheaton Urban District, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Montgomery County Recreation (MCR), One Montgomery Green and Montgomery Energy Connection invite the public to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 16, 2022. The organizations will repurpose part of a parking lot in Wheaton, Md., behind the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) building, into a temporary parklet. Games, a DJ, and free Italian ice will be available for guests to enjoy. There will also be an LED light bulb exchange where residents can trade energy-inefficient incandescent bulbs for more energy-saving LED ones.

“PARK(ing) Day provides an opportunity to create a fun, new experience to bring people together in Wheaton and surrounding areas,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “The parklet allows us to demonstrate how small, activated urban green spaces can create big impacts in our communities.” The public is invited to stop by the pop-up parklet to play games, relax, and meet staff from Parks, DEP, MCR, and co-sponsoring community organizations.


What: PARK(ing) Day 2022

When: September 16, 2022, | 12 – 6 p.m.

Where: Parking Lot 13, 11219 Grandview Avenue, Wheaton, Md. (behind the M-NCPPC building)

About PARK(ing) Day:

This annual event, which began in 2005, is held on the third Friday in September in cities around the globe to encourage discussion around issues related to urban infrastructure, including the role of open space, transit and the environment.  In addition to the fun nature of the event, PARK(ing) Day provides an opportunity for cultural expression, socializing and play. Although this project is temporary, the broader goal is to encourage people to get more involved in the civic process to promote more urban open space, influence how public space is created and improve the quality of urban areas.




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