An app to find personal parking spaces for rent is coming to Philly

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There’s an app for everything nowadays.

Parking apps in Philadelphia have been around for about a decade, usually for valet services or parking lots. But a new app puts homeowners in charge of renting out their personal spaces.

The app, called Prked, is like Airbnb, but for parking spaces, according to co-founder Dylan Fay.

“If you have extra space in your driveway or a lot or anything that you can park in, then you can list it on there,” he said.

The app launched in Miami in February — just before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. — with about 300 listings. Fay hopes to kick it off in Philadelphia in December.

“We’re gonna probably start with New York City and Philadelphia first,” he said. “Currently don’t have any listings there, but we’re starting to get our foot down there so we can start advertising and marketing.”

However, renting out personal parking spaces is still not a widely known idea.

Robert Braun of South Philadelphia had some spaces to rent, so he signed up with another app, called Parking Cupid, which has been around since 2013. But nothing happened.

“I listed my spot or spots, but there was no response,” he said. “I then went on to rent the spot in a non-technological way. I created a few signs that I printed out on 8 ½-by-11-inch paper and strategically put signs in the neighborhood.”

Within a day or two, he received about a half-dozen inquiries, and the spots were rented.

Braun said Parking Cupid never promised results, so he doesn’t fault the app. The Australia-based company only has about 50 listings in Philadelphia.