We are delighted to take park in Parking Day Dublin 2014.
PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide experiment in reclaiming public space, is a simple, fun concept. For a single day, on-street car parking spaces around the city will be transformed into imaginative public spaces for everyone to enjoy. You can find out more at www.dublinparkingday.org .
2014 is Dublin’s fourth PARK(ing) Day. In 2013, Dublin was one of the most creative cities in an event that takes place in hundreds of cities across the globe. This year Dublin PARK(ing) Day is even bigger and more exciting than before.
Artists, designers, urban, environmental and public health activists will create unique installations around the city that will each make its own statement in favour of more people-friendly streets.
PARK(ing) Day is about creating awareness of sustainable travel and the need for better streets and public spaces. Consistently the cities with the most liveable streets are rated as the best cities to live and do business in.
PARK(ing) Day Dublin is an opensource event and is supported by Dublin City Council as part of EU Mobility Week.
Ideas for derelict Dublin
The theme of our “parklet” today is using derelict spaces for the community.
At one end you can see our derelict houses (recycled from old election posters) At the other end we have vegetables and plants from Dublin’s biggest community garden which feeds the Students Union canteen in NCAD.
There are too many derelict spaces around our city – if we had a “Site Valuation Tax” instead of the current local property tax, then it would encourage the developers and others that own these empty building and sites not to leave them empty, as they do at present.
The Green Party Dublin South Central supports calls on the city council to release vacant sites in the city for housing for our rapidly increasing homeless people.
We also call on all vacant sites to be made available for community projects such as parks, community gardens and allotments.