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Ann Arbor Park(ing) Day

September 15, 2023 @ 9:00 am 7:00 pm

Come downtown and experience the potential of public space activated by and for people instead of cars.

A standard parallel parking space is 24 feet long by 8 feet wide, that’s 192 square feet. 2 parking spaces could be a similar footprint to a studio micro apartment. Come see how we are dedicating city space to private car storage while we have spatial needs for much more critical uses such as housing.

Park(ing) day is a global, public, participatory project where people across the world temporarily repurpose curbside parking spaces and convert them into public parks and social spaces to advocate for safer and more equitable streets and spaces for people. A full-day exercise to show how dedicating space to house cars instead of people is against our community priorities and to reprogram these parking spots for higher, better use.

Spaces throughout downtown will be transformed into local parklets by the A2AC, Housing and Human Services Board, UM Urbanism Club with additional student groups, and more!


HouseParty is a week-long festival raising awareness on the state of housing in the contexts of the Ann Arbor-Ypsi area, the state of Michigan, and the nation at large. Events will run Tuesday, September 12 through Sunday, September 17, around downtown Ann Arbor.

Through fun activities, educational lectures, enriching partnerships, and more, the festival considers the two cities’ future regarding zoning codes, homelessness, Additional Dwelling Units (ADUs), house affordability, and mortgage financing.