Council completes significant public realm initiative in SwordsPadraig Conlon 25 Sep 2020
Fingal County Council has completed a significant public realm initiative in the heart of Swords aimed at supporting local businesses by transforming the existing streetscape into a welcoming and attractive community space.
A joint initiative from the Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Department and the Operations Department has seen a new “parklet” created on Main Street, providing an inviting extension to the footpath through the conversion of a number of car parking spaces into additional space for people to dine, sit and relax.
The parklet (pictured above) which accommodates dining space and additional seating, is aimed at encouraging people back into the centre of the town while complying with public health guidance. Cycle racks have also been installed.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David Healy, said:
“I am delighted to see this reallocation of road space in Swords, giving space to people and creating a more vibrant streetscape for people to enjoy.
“This is the start of a process whereby the streets of our towns will become more welcoming and relaxed places, and where people can sit, both on public benches and in outdoor cafes and restaurants.
“The reimagining of our streetscape is a significant step as we protect ourselves from Covid-19 by making use of outdoor space for socialising and living in, while also supporting our businesses.”