PARK(ing) Day, an annual awareness raising event, will take place again in Sligo on Friday, 15th September 2017. Part of a global initiative, the Sligo event will see a number of designated car parking temporarily transformed by local creatives and voluntary organisations into small urban 'parks' for public enjoyment.
Returning to the streets of Sligo for the third time, PARK(ing) Day 2017 promises to be an even more lively event this year as a new feature, a ‘Shelly Streets Parklet’
, is installed on Castle Street for a four-week period starting from Friday, 15 September.
Participants this year include locally-based artists and performers, IT Sligo architecture students, secondary school students, community groups, and others bringing their version of how our streets can be transformed for the better for a few hours on the afternoon of 15 September.
In addition to eight parking spaces transformed into mini-parks for public enjoyment and entertainment, the new 'Shelly Streets Parklet', which will be formally launched by Cllr Sinead Maguire at 5pm on Culture Night, 22 September, will further challenge how we view and engage with our streetscapes, and our city centres.
Passers-by will be encouraged to experience these unique spaces created for their enjoyment, and to take a break, relax, have fun, and make new friends, while re-thinking how we view our urban environment. A Sligo PARK(ing) Day trail map will be available to download and print from www.parkingdaysligo.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Sligo-PARKing-Day, and information will be available at each designated ‘PARK’ and from supporting businesses on the day.
PARK(ing) Day Sligo will provide new opportunities for social interaction and critical and creative thinking, while attracting more people out of their cars and onto the streets of our city. According to organiser Gillian Ni Chaiside of Faoin Aer Landscape Architecture, “For the third year, PARK(ing) Day Sligo will again bring colour and creativity to the streets of Sligo, challenging how all of us think about and use public space on a daily basis. This year we will also unveil a user-friendly Parklet on Castle Street that will stay in situ for several weeks as a temporary installation, which we hope will be well received by the public.” Transforming
From its 2005 origins as a local event organised by artists in San Francisco, PARK(ing) Day has become a global event taking place annually on the third Friday in September in hundreds of urban locations worldwide including Dublin, Galway, Waterford and, for the third consecutive year, in Sligo.
It is a free, open to the public event involving artists, designers, and other citizens transforming prepaid on-street car parking spaces into temporary public PARKs for people to enjoy. The purpose behind the event is to call attention to the need for more open space in urban areas, to generate critical debate around how public space is utilised, and to improve the quality of our streets…for a short period before the meter runs out!
Participants are encouraged to be creative and inspired in shaping their respective spaces, and in engaging with the wider community in re-imagining local streetscapes, if for only a few hours. Often featuring plants, seating, and art, PARKS also provide opportunities for relaxation, entertainment, etc., and bring vibrancy, excitement and colour to normally hard urban landscapes.
PARK(ing) Day is a non-commercial project organised by local citizens on a voluntary basis to promote creativity, engagement, social interaction, and conversation. The Sligo event has the support of Sligo County Council, An Taisce North West Local Association, local businesses, organisations, and individuals.