Cork people might notice something a little bit different on Washington Street right now.
Little Cross Street, at the side of Reardens, was transformed almost overnight into a pop-up paradise.
Newly-dubbed Orchard Grove is a public green amenity within the city, brought to Corkonians by Cork City Council and the Montgomery Group. It's the first of its kind within Cork City.
Orchard Grove which opened today, will remain open until October.
“I was thrilled to work with the team in the Cork City Council to make our Orchard Grove vision a reality.
"I am looking forward to seeing Orchard Grove full of life and fun this summer, with everyone outside enjoying the sun and friendly ambiance that this treasure can offer within the heart of our city,” says Paul Montgomery, owner of Reardens.
Little Cross Street which is now closed to all traffic, is instead the home of trees, funky decorative seating, quaint picket fencing and ambient lighting to create a relaxed and warm welcome for all Cork passers-by, who wish to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
It comes as City Centre Forum is in the process of trying to secure a Purple Flag for Cork, which recognises cities with well-managed, diverse, entertaining, and enjoyable evening and night out economies.
Initiatives like Orchard Grove are a significant positive step in aiding Cork to win this accreditation.
Orchard Grove will be open daily from lunch time through to late evening and will offer people not only the comfort of a cosy bench, but also refreshments and Al Fresco dining thanks to the adjacent complex of Reardens Bar.
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