In June 2021, Love Drogheda BIDS and Louth County Council worked with City Booth, a Collon based company, to construct several parklets that were then installed all over the town. Parklets are seen as a way of creating small oasis of calm on busy streets and provide a place for people to stop, sit and enjoy street activities. They convert a small number of parking spaces or sections offloading bays into open public-use spaces that support local businesses by creating green areas for passers-by to sit and interact. Love Drogheda BIDS Chairperson, Niall Kierans has this to say on the installation of the parklets; ‘The parklets have created a new sense of welcoming in the town and are an opportunity for people to meet-up in an outdoor setting. They give the clear message that Drogheda is open for business, and all are welcome.
There are currently 10 parklets located around the town.Initially used to meet the need for more outdoor meeting spaces during theCovid-19 restrictions, the parklets have proved a massive hit with businesses and members of the public alike. Love Drogheda BIDS undertake the upkeep and maintenance of the parklets along with the business partners, who are responsible for the day-to-day upkeep. Some restaurants who have parklets outside have used the parklets to grow additional herbs for use in their kitchen, ensuring that the parklets provide some much-needed greenery in the town as well as space for innovation by businesses.
The parklets were funded through a grant from the National Transport Authority and is part of a suite of funding that has been used to animate and create new seating areas inDrogheda. They were initially in place for one year in line with the Section254 Licence after which they are to be evaluated to consider whether they should be kept in place for another year. Our hope is that this initiative will help create a positive atmosphere within the town and provide attractive seating areas for visitors to the town.”
Planters and Bollards (2022)
Christmas Campaign Video
Love Drogheda BIDS has undertaken a series of promotional videos, in an effort to showcase the town and its wide range of local businesses and amenities thatDrogheda has to offer. Our most successful to date has been the Christmas Video in 2021 which features many of our finest businesspeople, places and things todo and see in Drogheda during the Christmas period. The video was viewed over 7thousand times on our Facebook page.