Four giant ideas cubes have been installed in Hoxton Square, Charles Square, Mark Street Gardens and Hackney Road Recreation Ground over the weekend, as part of Park Hack, an innovative partnership between Groundwork London, Hackney Council and architecture firm Genlser.
Residents and businesses in and around the Shoreditch green spaces are being asked to share how they think the parks can be used in new and interesting ways that will benefit the whole community by writing and drawing their ideas on the cubes.
Watch the first cube being built at Mark Street Gardens in our stop-frame animation:
After three weeks, the proposals will be presented to the Park Hack Innovators, a group of Shoreditch’s most creative and entrepreneurial business people, who will volunteer their time and expertise to turn some of the best ideas into reality.
Ben Coles, Groundwork’s Director of Communities and Local Partnerships, said: “We want those who live and work near the parks to re-imagine them, to see the potential in these often underused open spaces. 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”.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, said: “Government funding cuts has meant we have to look at innovative ways to make sure our parks get the investment they deserve. 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. This is a pioneering project in one of London’s most creative areas and we’re confident we’ll receive a wealth of imaginative solutions to how we can make the most of our parks for the benefit of all.”
Park Hack is one of 11 projects in the UK funded by Netsa's Rethinking Parks programme which aims to find and support parks innovators to develop, implement and spread new approaches to sustaining and making the most of UK’s public parks.
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