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DPR to Participate in Park(ing) Day DC 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Where public parks meet metered parking spaces

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-76470
DPR Media Contact: Gwendolyn Crump, (202) 288-6027, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to participate in Park(ing) Day DC 2016 on Friday, September 16, 2016. The 2016 DPR Parking Day Pop Up will focus on lunchtime fun in the park.

Park(ing) Day is an annual, open-source, national event where artists, designers and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public "parks".  The mission of Park(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space. See details for more information on Park(ing) Day DC 2016

The DPR pop up will feature the unveiling of two solar powered benches. With the support of the DC Department of General Services (DGS), DPR is installing two solar powered benches in two DPR parks. In Southeast, a bench will be located in Eastern Market, in Northwest, a bench will be placed in Columbia Heights. DPR purchased the benches from Soofa, a Cambridge-based company. The benches will improve the day-to-day experience of DPR parks, by providing free mobile charging and additional seating. DPR’s Parking Day event will also include games such as: a foosball, board games, hula hoops and jump ropes.

What:   DPR Park(ing) Day

When:  Friday, September 16, 2016

            12 pm – 2 pm

Where: DPR Central Office

            1250 U Street NW 

About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.