Cork’s first PARK(ing) DAY
This worldwide event takes place on Friday 19th September (10am and 4pm) and is part of European Mobility Week (16th-22nd Sept). PARK(ing) DAY fits well with the Week’s this year’s motto: “Our Street – Our Choice”. Activities in cities all over Europe are raising awareness for more liveable street spaces for people and improvement of the public realm.
On PARK(ing) DAY, a number of car spaces are getting an alternative use for the day: pop-up parks, art installations, seating or play areas, bicycle parking or any other use one can imagine, other than a 1 ½ tonnes car parking on it.
Cork City and County Councils are kindly providing the car spaces for that day.
Various Community groups have designed the following spaces:
On Western Road you’ll find a relaxing seating area created by the HSE outside their Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.
Along the South Mall 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 bike maintenance workshop at lunchtime (near Grand Parade and opposite the Passport Office). Cork Community Artlink have kindly donated some fantastic props for the spaces.
On Church St in Douglas, An Taisce Green-Schools with the kind support of the Pavillion 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 the Art Department of Cork County Council have created an interactive art space for all to enjoy.