A great idea for Bristol... but it needs more grass June 02 2014
A GREAT idea – but not enough grass. That was the verdict of visitors to one of Bristol's landmark streets as it was transformed into a "pop-up" urban park.
As the sun shone on the first day of summer, tens of thousands of people enjoyed the first Park on Park Street event.
Squares of artificial grass, along with hay bales and deckchairs, were set up on parts of the steep street to transform it into a city park. But people who spoke to the Bristol Post said there was not enough of the green stuff. It is something the event organisers – Park Street traders who set up the project on their own initiative – have promised to look at if they repeat the event.
Sarah Vigurs, 37, from Cadbury Heath, brought her children Cain, six and Leeloo, four.
Sarah said: "It's a real novelty to be able to sit in the middle of Park Street and enjoy a picnic. I think it's a great idea and something for the children and adults to enjoy."
Sister Leila, 25, of Kingswood, who took son Callum, three to the event, said: "It feels special to able to sit on a piece of grass on Park Street. I think it's a great idea and something which I hope they do again. We got here at just before noon in the hope we'd get a spot of grass to sit on."
Among those expecting to see more grass was Georgie Marriott, who travelled from Portishead with her two children.
Mrs Marriott, who works for the police, said: "This initiative makes this part of Bristol far more accessible to families like us.
"It's a great idea, and there are plenty of activities, although I was expecting a little more grass."
Kelly Smedley, 38, of Long Ashton, visited with her two children.
"Bristol is brilliant at doing events like this," she said. "It's great to see Park Street used in this way and I'd like to see it used again for events like these, which are safe for children, in the future."
The event was entirely funded by traders, who had been working since last October on the plans.
Park on Park Street marketing manager Ben Hibbard said: "The day was excellent and exceeded our expectations. Full credit must go to the traders for delivering such a fantastic event and it just shows what can be achieved.
"We would like to increase the amount of greenery, whether that be grass or plants, at any future event and this will be something we will be discussing."