A new 'community parklet' in the heart of busy Cork town

A new 'community parklet' in the heart of busy Cork town
Pictured at the launch of the Carrigaline Community Parklet were Cork County Council Elected Members, Council staff, Community Association Reps, Business Association Reps, Tidy Towns Reps, and My Town My Plan Reps. Through Cork County Councils Project ACT (Activating County Towns), the need for additional outdoor seating in Carrigaline was identified, and this area of the Owneabue car park has been transformed to provide a new amenity area for the bustling town centre.Pic: Brian Lougheed

A NEW outdoor public amenity has been created in Carrigaline as part of the 'community parklet' initiative.

A number of key areas within the town where earmarked for additional outdoor seating and an amenity space was installed to meet the demand for recreation space.

Carrigaline Municipal District Chair, Councillor Aidan Lombard, expressed his delight at how the Community Parklet had turned out.

“The Carrigaline Community Parklet creates a social space within the town that greatly adds to the sense of community and place-making.

"It’s great to see the local community and groups such as the local Tidy Towns group enjoying the space. 

"Local initiatives such as this will hopefully encourage people to spend a little longer in town, support local businesses and appreciate what Carrigaline has to offer.” 

Vice Chair of Carrigaline Tidy Towns, Maura Allen added; “Tidy Towns Volunteers are absolutely delighted to see this new use of space to enhance and inject some colour into this area.

“The Parklet is ideally located in a riverside setting to provide a focal point for the town, which Tidy Towns volunteers work tirelessly to make beautiful. 

"I would like to thank Cork County Council for this investment in our public space, making it an attractive place for locals and visitors alike.” 

The Mayor of County Cork, Councillor Mary Linehan Foley, was also in Carrigaline to raise awareness of the negative impacts that illegal and obstructive parking has on wheelchair users, older people and people with visual impairments.

Mayor Linehan-Foley urged motorists to think about where they park: “Wheelchair marked spaces are for permit holders. By taking such a space you are denying a person with mobility challenges the freedom to access their town, village or local amenity. 

"Parking on curbs, footpaths or double yellow lines can also seriously affect the mobility of a wheelchair user, older person or visually impaired person.

“I urge everyone to be mindful of others as they avail of the wonderful amenities on offer in Cork County.”

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