Eco-art parking lot in O’Connell Street

Mary Conroy, Wild Roots Project, Michael Casey, Gerry O'Connell, Eleanor Gleeson and Kathleen Horan, south Limerick city residents in the pop up garden on O'Connell Street. Picture: Adrian Butler
O’CONNELL Street participated in a global phenomenon to celebrate international Park(ing) Day, when a group of volunteers turned a parking space into a “mini-park”, last week.

O’CONNELL Street participated in a global phenomenon to celebrate international Park(ing) Day, when a group of volunteers turned a parking space into a “mini-park”, last week.

Limerick City Council, South Limerick City Residents Association and artist Mary Conroy occupied a parking space, outside Leonidas Chocolates, on Friday, between 1pm and 5pm.

Mary Conroy, of Wildroutes Project, said the small space is about creating awareness for a more eco-friendly 
space.

“Every year, there is a pop-up garden and it started in 2005, in San Francisco. They would have a parking bay and they would rent out a parking space for two hours or so, so they could turn it into a mini-park for a day.

“It’s all about creating awareness for a greener space because cities are becoming overpowered by traffic and it’s not good for humans. It’s about rethinking objects and waste and getting creative with city spaces.”

There were interesting displays for everyone interested in learning how to save money on making their area “greener”, according to Ms 
Conroy.

“It’s nice because it’s a group project. We have the South Limerick City Residents Association along with us and they are just such an inspiration.

She said she would “love” if the City Council would provide a permanent space for this initiative.