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Pop-up park in Kogarah the perfect place to relax

23/10/2020

A temporary park in Kogarah Town Square has been installed by Georges River Council this week, which will provide an urban oasis for residents and visitors until December this year.
 
Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene said that a grant from the NSW Government has helped Council to ‘green up’ the area and will cater to the increased number of people enjoying outdoor space and public amenities closer to home.
 
“I am proud to this week open a pop-up park in the heart of Kogarah, where people can socialise, relax, enjoy a picnic or takeaway food from any of the surrounding eateries, or work, while enjoying the beautiful spring weather,” said Mayor Greene.
 
“The COVID-19 pandemic reminded us just how important our public space is, particularly for areas of high density where many people do not have access to their own backyard.
 
“A recent survey by the NSW Government revealed that 85% of people were using local streets more and 45% were spending more time in public places compared to before the pandemic.
 
“Our community has also told us that they want more green space in the Georges River area and the installation of a pop-up park is an innovative way to bring the natural world to an urban environment.
 
“I would like to thank the NSW Government for providing funding for this initiative which will help us support and foster a healthier and more resilient community,” added Mayor Greene.
 
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Deputy Secretary Alex O’Mara said that “Georges River Council is one of the many councils in NSW to appreciate more public and open space for their communities will revitalise local economies, encourage active transport and beautify their streetscapes.”

“We look forward to learning from this innovative pop-up park in the Kogarah Town Square.”

Street furniture and creative lighting will be installed in the Town Square to bring a lively atmosphere to the area, and public art will also be installed at the nearby Post Office Lane in November.
 
The activation was proudly funded by the NSW Government, under its Streets as Shared Spaces program, which aims to activate and increase the vibrancy of streets. The program provides funding for projects and strategic pilots that temporarily adapt streets for community use.
 
For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.
 

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