Office workers thrilled by pop-up park

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‘Park here’ was the message when a row of parking bays in Leeds city centre were transformed into a pop-up green space.

The spaces, on the corner of St Paul’s Street and Park Square West in the business district, became an inner-city sanctuary of peace and tranquility as part of the project by DLA Design.

Food and drink samples were provided by nearby businesses Love Food and Wino, and there was a meditation session run by Jamyang Buddhist Centre. Leeds College of Music’s saxophone quartet also performed.

The scheme was part of International Park(ing) Day, which sees similar pop-ups spring up and take over designated vehicle bays in cities all over the world.

DLA were supported by businesses in the area and asked their neighbours in St Paul’s Street for ideas and inspiration to bring the project to life.

The consultancy has now proposed a vision for the street’s future development, incorporating wider pavements, fewer cars, more trees and welcoming seating.

Director of landscape and urban design Mark Bust said:

“This year’s intervention has been more successful than we could have ever hoped. The level of interest shown by people locally and passers-by has been phenomenal. From the first day to the last we have had people using and enjoying the space and commenting on how good it would be to see something more permanent.

“The participation of our neighbours was great to see and really helped create a sense of a developing community spirit. We have also used this temporary installation to engage further with the public and we plan to use this feedback to further the debate on prioritising public realm on St Paul’s Street and more widely across the city.”