Shoreditch residents draw ideas for better parks

A Park Hack giant white cube. Pic: Hackney council

A Park Hack giant white cube. Pic: Hackney council

Shoreditch residents are being asked to draw and write ideas on four giant white cubes to show how they would like their green spaces improved.

The cubes have been installed in four local parks with the best ideas to be implemented by Park Hack.

Park Hack is a partnership formed between Hackney Council architecture firm Gensler and Groundwork London, a charity dedicated to making London greener and more sustainable.

Creative members of Park Hack will volunteer to implement the best ideas using a £90,000 grant from the Nesta Rethinking Parks programme. The programme is designed to reward environmentally forward ideas in public spaces and is supported by lottery funding.

Ben Coles, Groundwork’s Director of Communities and Local Partnerships, said: “We want the people of Shoreditch to share their ideas with us and for them to tell us what steps they feel need to be taken in order to bring these ideas to life.”

“We want to explore how local businesses and residents may want to use the public space – perhaps for outside working, a lunch spot for staff or an outdoor space for meetings and functions – but without reducing the experience or availability of the park to the public.”

Park Hack is one of 11 projects in the UK funded by Rethinking Parks. They aim to support park innovators to develop, implement and spread new approaches to improve the UK’s public parks.

The cubes have been placed in Hoxton Square, Charles Square, Mark Street Gardens and Hackney Road Recreation Ground.

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