Ten new public parklets are set to be installed across Cork city.
A parklet on Douglas Street, installed as part of the ‘Reimagining Cork’ programme, was so successful that City Hall are now expanding the initiative.
They are calling on business owners, institutions, neighbourhood organisations, and other community-based groups to apply to be a ‘Parklet Partner.’ If successful, a parklet would be installed which will convert a few parking spaces into public open space.
Cork City Council describe them as “a cost-effective way to create more vibrant streets, support local business, and provide an inviting green space for residents and passers-by to sit, relax, and interact.” The new installations will be similar to the already existing parklet on Douglas Street, and will incorporate seating and pollinator-friendly planting.
The parklet can be used by customers if it is associated with a business, but it must be available for public use also and will include signage indicating that it is a public space.
Cork City Council will take care of the funding and installation, while the ‘Parklet Partner’ will take care of the day-to day upkeep and planting of the area.
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh said: “Parklets attract people to different areas so they can relax and have a chat and maybe bring along a cup of tea or coffee. They are another initiative by Cork City Council to help people of all ages to enjoy the city safely and thereby to support traders.
“Business owners and community associations can become a 'parklet partner' and we’re encouraging people to sign up from the end of the week. From Friday, the form will be online at www.corkcity.ie so please fill it out and watch your neighbourhood blossom”.
Initially, the parklets will be in place for a year, following which they will be reevaluated to consider whether they should be kept in place for another year, replaced with more permanent seating, or moved to a new location.
Those interested can complete and submit the Parklet Partner Application form which will be on www.corkcity.ie this Friday September 11.