Two brand new Parklets where you can meet a mate for an alfresco coffee
Outdoor meet-ups are in again.
And city folk have two new parklets where you can take a seat for a chat or some people watching as long as the weather allows in the coming weeks.
The latest parklets, the work of Benchspace Cork and local blacksmith startup Leeside Forge, are located on North Main Street (outside Tony’s Bistro) and in Turner’s Cross, just across the street from the Church of Christ the King on Evergreen Road.
Planting will be added this weekend, creating a lush little neighbourhood nook that’s guaranteed to raise a smile.
@BenchspaceCork a #socialenterprise and Not for Profit. Building #Parklets allowed us give opportunities to local skilled makers/designers to work on big city projects. 1st group of Parklets designed by Architect #siobhankeoghdesign. 2nd group by #blacksmith startup #LeesideForge pic.twitter.com/2LF2dAAq4w
— Benchspace Cork (@BenchspaceCork) December 16, 2021
Crafted in Siberian larch, the wood used in each parklet is low maintenance. In fact, if left untreated it has a lifespan of 50 years.
The first phase of parklets, eight more which popped up around the city over the summer, was designed by architect Siobhan Keogh and created a space where locals can socialise, with seating arranged to accommodate small groups and solo visitors.
Cork City Council fund and install the parklet, then a Parklet Partner is responsible for the day-to-day upkeep and planting.