Seven organizations joined the county’s Department of Transportation’s Division of Parking Management Friday to celebrate PARK(ing) Day in downtown Silver Spring.

The day is described as “an annual, global event that encourages the temporary transformation of parking spaces into enjoyable, parklike spots [and] encourages people to rethink the urban landscape, their transportation choices and how infrastructure can be more transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable.”

In the meantime, Takoma Beverage Co. became the first business in Takoma Park to take advantage of a permitting program allowing them to permanently rent a parking space from the city and use it for additional outdoor seating for its customers.

According to an announcement from Main Street Takoma, “This parklet extends Takoma Beverage Co.’s sidewalk cafe into the street offering more seating and creating a lively, festive location on the block where Takoma Beverage Co. may offer its full menu—from breakfast to late night drinks and light bites.”

Barriers have been set up to protect the space and meet county regulations for outdoor alcohol service. The expanded seating will be available every day except Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. when the Takoma Park Farmers Market fills Laurel Avenue.

For PARK(ing) Day, residents, businesses and groups were encouraged to be creative and take over street parking spots with plants, games, displays or other activities to reimagine the spaces and transform the urban setting.

Participating in this year’s PARK(ing) Day in Silver Spring were Torti Gallas + Partners, CREATE Arts Center, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Van Eperen, Toole Design Group, DOT’s Commuter Services and Joe’s Record Paradise.

Photo of the new seating area in front of Takoma Beverage Co. courtesy Main Street Takoma.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Organizations Join Celebration of PARK(ing) Day