Carparks to become activity 'parks' for a day

A sign shown on PARK(ing) Day, a worldwide event where the community turns parking lots into temporary public spaces, on Sept 19, 2014.
A sign shown on PARK(ing) Day, a worldwide event where the community turns parking lots into temporary public spaces, on Sept 19, 2014.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

For the fifth year, the Urban Redevelopment Authority will be giving carparks a new purpose, transforming them into 85 "parks" with public activities ranging from music performances to yoga.

In total, 166 carpark spaces in Bugis, Kampong Glam, Little India and Tiong Bahru will be repurposed this Saturday for the biggest Park(ing) Day event ever.

Bicycle-sharing companies at carparks in Tan Quee Lan Street and Sultan Gate will provide 95 bicycles for participants to cycle around the area for free.

At Bugis and Kampong Glam carparks, students will create street furniture and art installations, while organising interactive arts activities.

Some "parks" will also offer educational talks on health and wellness as well as platforms to discuss topics of sustainability.

To facilitate the event, Liang Seah Street will be closed to traffic on Saturday from 10am to midnight, while part of Sultan Gate will be closed to traffic from 8am to 9pm. These are on top of the regular weekend road closures in Bali Lane, Baghdad Street, Bussorah Street and Haji Lane, from noon to midnight.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2017, with the headline 'Carparks to become activity 'parks' for a day'. Print Edition | Subscribe