A NEW, vibrant ‘urban garden’ has sprung up in O’Connell Street to five the city’s retail core a new lease of life.
Trees and shrubs are currently being planted in a new public realm space outside Penney’s as part of the garden.
Food kiosks will be erected, as will brightly coloured seating, and a children’s fun space with an arts and crafts scheme installed over the coming months.
Other exciting plans on the way are new ‘picnic pods’ outside the Aroi restaurant, while an entertainment zone will be set up at Quimper Square, which lies in the heart of Cruises Street.
Economic director Pat Daly said: “The Urban Garden will be a sanctuary of sorts in the bustling city centre and we’re examining how we can incorporate shelter in the space to deal with our unpredictable Irish summer weather. Temporary summer installations like the beautiful ‘Kites in Flight’ artwork in Cruises Street have proven to be extremely popular and we would like to see the street becoming a platform for more creative ideas from the public.”
As well as developing the urban garden, free wi-fi internet is to be provided in both the Lower O’Connell Street and Cruises Street area.
While the urban garden proposals are still at their early stages, the public’s views are being sought. Call 061-407100 and ask for economic development.