Food and fun at parking spaces

Construction firm boss Shannon Lim and his employees (from left) Farhad Hossain (partially blocked), Monir Hossain and Kasinathan Thirunavukarasu interacting with participant Toh Yi Rong at a Park(ing) Day event yesterday in Little India. They served
Construction firm boss Shannon Lim and his employees (from left) Farhad Hossain (partially blocked), Monir Hossain and Kasinathan Thirunavukarasu interacting with participant Toh Yi Rong at a Park(ing) Day event yesterday in Little India. They served home-cooked Bangladeshi and Indian food such as curry fish to visitors.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

Parking spaces around Singapore turned into lots of fun yesterday, as cars made way for makeshift buffets, hammocks and karaoke contests.

Park(ing) Day 2015 is a worldwide movement in which parking spaces become activity spaces.

Some 140 parking spaces around the island were used to create 70 different "parks", which were set up by community groups, businesses and individuals.

Mr Shannon Lim, director of construction company OnHand Industrial, together with four of his employees, served home- cooked Bangladeshi and Indian food, such as curry fish and prawns, at their booth in Rowell Road, Little India.

"Singaporeans react very well to food. It's something we identify with and something we share in common," he said.

In Keong Saik Road, vertical greenery company Greenology set up a hang-out space with green walls and air plants to show how small areas can be fully utilised.

This is the second year that the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Housing Board have supported the initiative.

Seow Bei Yi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2015, with the headline 'Food and fun at parking spaces'. Print Edition | Subscribe