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“A parklet is an intervention which occupies a car parking bay(s) or large sections of a sidewalk, usually temporary in nature, and acts as an extension of the public realm.” – Future Cape Town.
The Blok exhibition space in Sea Point offered a perfect site for a parklet, considering how busy the road is, how easily accessible to the public the site is, and how highly visible. The timing to announce the winner of the Blok Parklet design competition held recently coincided perfectly with international PARK(ing) Day on Friday 18th September 2015.
International PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
“As part of International PARK(ing) day this Friday we are reactivating parking spaces across CT, one being in Sea Point and the others in town,” says Jacques van Embden, co-Founder and MD of Blok. “The vision for the parklet in Sea Point, outside the Blok exhibition space, is to extend the non-commercial public space on Regent Road and to be inviting to a wide cross-section of the users of the street and neighbourhood. Blok will also include a free public WiFi connection to encourage more users.”
The aim of the limited invitation Blok Parklet design competition was to identify a team to design and deliver one parklet occupying two parking bays at the Blok showroom at 51 Regent Road, Sea Point. The project was curated and will be delivered in close cooperation with Blok, Future Cape Town, the City of Cape Town and other stakeholders in time for summer.
Currently under construction with a leading architecture firm and planned to open in time for the summer season, the Park(let) will offer a user-friendly space to pause and sit, and see Regent Road from a different angle. Free WiFi will be provided inside the Park(let), as well as a seating arrangement that can accommodate both small and larger groups.
The parklet will be launched in Summer.