Marina goes car-free Sunday for family playtime

Marina goes car-free Sunday for family playtime
Cars will be banned from The Marina tomorrow with the road given over to families. Picture Dan Linehan

CORK’S Marina will close to traffic on Sunday between 11am and 2pm as part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival.

The ‘Open for Play’ initiative, organised by the Cork Playful City Forum, Cork Healthy Cities and Ballintemple Residents Association, will allow everyone to make use of the Marina space for recreation.

Families are invited to come along to experience a range of outdoor games and activities, including paddle boarding, kayaking, street games and sports, suitable for all ages and abilities.

“It’s part of an overall play project for the city called A Playful Cork City,” explained Denise Cahill, coordinator of Cork Healthy Cities.

“We’re closing the Marina to traffic but we’re opening it to play.

“There’s a 1.5km stretch that will be closed so we’re encouraging families to bring children out on bikes, scooters, roller skates and flickers to make use of the Marina while it’s car-free,” she added.

“At the Blackrock end, we’ve organised a number of fun activities like tug-o-war, giant jenga, obstacle courses and other outdoor play events, and we’re encouraging families and children to get involved. The main focus is to show that when cars aren’t on the road, children can come out and play, and the benefits that come with that.”

Ms Cahill added that the partnership with Cork Lifelong Learning Festival illustrates the importance of showing children the importance of being active.

“Play in early childhood is so important for social and cognitive development,” she explained. “We will be partnering with libraries throughout the week to encourage them to become a hub for play as well so that that development happens. Children should be given as much time and space as possible to play because that’s how they learn,” she added. “We’d be encouraging parents to get involved in that play as well and support that development.”

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