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The city's parking spots to go green this Friday

Artists, designers and ordinary people will transform paid parking places in Cork into temporary public parks this Friday as part as part of Park (ing) Day, an annual worldwide event.

Since it began in 2005, the concepthas blossomed into a global experiment in remixing and reclaiming  parking spaces  for social exchange, recreation and artistic expression. This year Park(ing) day will take place at Bridge St, McCurtain St, South Mall and Western Road in Cork. Cork City Council’s Roads and Transportation Directorate and the Transport & Mobility Forum facilitate this event.

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A spokeswoman said: “ The Victorian Quarter, Mc Curtain Street and the surrounding area,  have really got behind the initiative and will have a number of spaces which showcase the area as a vibrant and fun area. On Bridge St, there will be a lot of creativity emanating from the Vibes & Scribes and Unbound shops “.

Vibes and Scribes plan on creating a wall of cascading grass, dotted all over with
bright and beautiful handmade paper flowers from 12 to 2p.m. Unbound will recreate an 'indoor ' garden outdoors from 2- 4pm – a perfect backdrop for taking selfies if you’re in the city on Friday afternoon. The Metropole Hotel will have  jazz music from Aaron Mills and will give out complimentary home-made lemonade from 11am – 3pm. The Merry Chef will be outside giving out mini sliders and tapas food from the Met Bistro from 12 – 2pm. Everyone that comes along to the display will be in with a chance to win  a Sunday Jazz Buffet Lunch for two at the Met’.

On South Mall, Churchfield  Community Trust will again feature this year. Quality hand crafted furniture, including garden furniture with a dazzling floral display of window boxes, hanging baskets and other containers will be brightening up the streetscape. Heading
out to Western Rd,  the HSE’s Health Promotion Unit will  transform another car parking space into a rest and relaxation area, providing a welcome haven whether you are walking or cycling.

Park(ing) day is intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play,” said the city council spokesman.

And it’s not just about the city, Park(ing) Day events are also taking place in Clonakilty in West Cork. The project takes place annually in hundreds of towns and cities in dozens of countries.



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