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Dublin: 14 °C Tuesday 11 August, 2020

There will be 35 new parks in Dublin today - here's why

Organisers say that despite hesitance from motorists, this isn’t an anti-car event.

An example of the parks.
An example of the parks.
Image: Sam Boal/

IF YOU ARE around the capital today, you may spot one of 35 new parks that have been installed just for the day.

That is because today is the sixth annual Dublin PARK(ing) Day.

The initiative is based on a San Francisco programme that “reclaims public space”.

Organisers describe it as “a free annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces”.

PARK(ing) Day’s mission is “intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.”

In Dublin, that will see parks placed from Grangegorman to Donnybrook, with many spots based around the southside of the city centre.

Organisers say that despite hesitance from motorists, this isn’t an anti-car event.

“The aim of the event is not to restrict traffic but to extend the footpath and enliven the streets of Dublin. To bring an unexpected piece of fun to an otherwise neglected space.”

Participants in PARK(ing) Day this year include I Bike Dublin, The Black Sheep, An Taisce and Dublin City Council.

For a map of the parks, click here.

Read: Driver to be prosecuted for parking across two disabled bays in Cork

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