Public

Parklife

Date
2017
Location
Ferrybank, County Kilkenny/Waterford
Commissioned by
Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership and Kilkenny County Council
Artists/Designers
Dan Dorocic, Monkeyshine Theatre, Fennelly's of Callan
Workshops with

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership (KRSP) commissioned Workhouse Union to undertake the planning, design, and implementation of a consultation process on the future development of a neighbourhood park – a 2.5 hectare greenfield site, centrally located in Ferrybank, Kilkenny/Waterford.

Workhouse Union undertook a participatory design process to engage people in how a park could be designed, developed and maintained in their neighbourhood -through a process of twenty-one, arts-led creative workshops, on-site activities, group discussion and one to one conversations.

Taking place over two months, five themes were explored: Threshold, Move, Play, Gather and Ecology. Underpinning the workshops was the understanding that our imaginative sense of space, our memories of and attachment to place, are often as important as its physical characteristics in determining future use.

Images

Meet You at the Green?
Town Planners
Youth and Skate Park
Park Life, 1:1 design workshop led by Dan Dorocic. Photo by Brian Cregan.
Park Life, 1:1 public enagagment design workshop led by Dan Dorocic. Photo by Brian Cregan.
Park Life, 1:1 public enagagment design workshop led by Dan Dorocic. Photo by Brian Cregan.
Park Life, 1:1 public enagagment design workshop led by Dan Dorocic. Photo by Brian Cregan.
Park Life: an active outdoor event on the future site of Ferrybank neighbourhood park. Photo by Brian Cregan.
Park Life: seedbombing workshops led by Monkeyshine Theatre. Photo by Brian Cregan.
Park Life: seedbombing workshops led by Monkeyshine Theatre. Photo by Brian Cregan.
Park Life: tree planting on the future site of Ferrybank neighbourhood park. Photo by Brian Cregan
Park Life: refreshments provided by Fennelly's of Callan. Photo by Brian Cregan.
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