Cork’s Urban October programme, which kicks off in late September, hopes to get people out and about in the city’s public spaces taking part in a range of activities and events organised by Cork City Council and ECcowell.
Some of the organised activities include Nordic walking up St Patricks Hill, chalk drawing workshop on Emmet Place and stand-up paddle boarding on the Marina.
The idea is to get people enjoying the city regardless of age or interest, with an eclectic range of free events organised over a number of weeks.
Cork City Council Coordinator Paul McGuirk said: ‘During October people are invited to look at Cork City Centre through fresh eyes, to re-discover and re-engage with our city and to celebrate its advantages and attractions".
"Cork prides itself as the rebel city, and is always different – so our Urban October programme actually starts in late September.” Speaking about the highlights of the programme, Mr McGuirk said the ‘Douglas Street Autumnfest’ on September 30 will be a great event, which is well worth attending.
The river is also an important public space and there will be a number of events there including young musicians from Music Generation performing on currachs on the River Lee on Sunday, October 7 as well as stand up paddle boarding on the Marina.
Also, throughout the month, members of the public are invited to celebrate the refurbishment of the 160-year-old Berwick Fountain on Grand Parade by taking a selfie next to it and posting it on social media to be in with a chance of winning a restaurant voucher.
As well as all this, Mad About Cork will be running a guided tour to explore their wonderful guerrilla gardening and colourful street art projects around the city centre.
There will also be other guided walks around the South Parish and Shandon and Cork Sports Partnership are organising Nordic walking workshops in Fitzgerald’s park and up the iconic Patricks Hill.
Denise Cahill of ECcowell said: "All activities are free and are inspired by the Urban October initiative of the United Nations, which aims to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".
Copies of the Urban October booklet can be picked up in the Central Library, City Hall, St Peters on North Main Street and various other venues and cafes around the city. They can also be downloaded at http://www.corkcitycentre.ie/urban-october