PARK(ing) DAY CORK 2014


For the first time in Cork, the Transport and Mobility Forum are organising PARK(ing) DAY. This worldwide event will take place on Friday 19th September, when a number of car parking spaces will get an alternative use for the day: pop-up parks, art installations, seating or play area, bicycle parking or any other use one can imagine, other than a one and a half tonne car. Many community groups, NGOs, artists, garden centres have gotten involved along with the HSE, Cork County and City Councils to transform the cityscape for the day. The parking spots will be transformed between 10am and 4pm. Cork City and County Councils are kindly providing the car spaces for that day.

On the Western Road you’ll find a relaxing seating area created by the HSE outside their Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Why not explore the 3 spaces along the South Mall where artists from the Crawford Art College are creating a ‘pop-up’ art gallery and Cork Cycling Campaign have a double space with bike parking and a chill-out space as well as a doing a bike maintenance workshop at lunchtime. Cork Community Artlink have kindly donated some fantastic props for the spaces. If you happen to be in the Douglas area, An Taisce Green-Schools with the kind support of the Pavilon Garden Centre are transforming two spaces side-by-side into an interactive play space for children to learn about the benefits of walking, cycling and electric vehicles through demos and activities. Also the Art Department of Cork County Council have created an interactive art space for all to enjoy.

PARK(ing) DAY is being organised by the Cork Transport and Mobility Forum which consists of representatives from various Cork-based transport stakeholders including local authorities, public transport agencies, NGO’s and other stakeholders. One of the roles of the forum is to promote and support more sustainable forms of travel such as walking, cycling, public transport, park and ride/stride and carpooling. The PARK(ing) DAY event is being organised as part of European Mobility Week (16th-22nd Sept), and fits well with the Week’s this year’s motto: “Our Street – Our Choice”. Activities in cities all over Europe will raise awareness for more liveable street spaces for people and improvement of the public realm. Hence another Cork event in the Week will be the annual Rebel Pedal family bicycle parade on Sunday, 21st Sept, starting at 12noon from Grand Parade (registration from 11am), organised by Cork Environmental Forum.,

An Taisce Green-Schools Travel Officer Sandy McGroarty on 086 1067588 / with any questions.