103% Funded

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Target: €10000

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€10,325 Raised

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207 Funders

New Street Gardens Project

By New Street Gardens Waterford

description

A new street garden with a festival feel:

The New Street Gardens Project is about bringing greenery and life back into a vacant and disused space in Waterford City. It is a community based initiative and as such is a non for profit venture.

Over the last few years, many disused and derelict sites have sprung up around Waterford City. New Street Gardens Project is about using one of these sites as a gathering point to show off the best in music, art, theatre, film, design, sculpture, sport and much more. There will be over a hundred scheduled free events and many pop up events running from June to November.

The New Street site land had previously been intended for the building of a Super duper Market but for the next five years it will become a garden blooming in flowers and ideas, for the people, built by the people. Its proximity to the main street in Waterford i.e. Michael St, which happens to lie in a part of Waterford, that for a number of reasons in recent years has been neglected. We hope that by building a park on this empty lot that this may become another stepping stone in the regeneration of the area.

We are encouraging people living and working in the area, local schools, community, horticultural and arts groups to get involved at different stages of the garden build. This sense of ownership can help, we believe, to generate positivity and pride in the community, the city and its inhabitants. Also, we would hope the project will raise a positive profile of Waterford as a city.

Local businesses, gardening groups and individuals, have up until now been kind enough to sponsor us with materials and guidance which has helped get this project off the ground. People from all corners of the community have been helping us gather the different elements needed to build the park such as electrics, paths etc. In terms of structures, we are building a performance stage and a film screening area in the gardens.

But now....we have reached the stage where we need your help.
The monies we are hoping to raise will help us get the remaining supplies, tools and materials we need to finish the park and maintain it throughout the five month programme of scheduled events Including, movies with live accompaniment, Go-Karting Road Races from Mayors Walk to New Street for big kids and small, Kids theatre, live gigs, guest DJ sets, giant chess tournaments, Archery, Art exhibitions etc etc.

New Street Gardens has already gathered a strong momentum and we hope you will support us in what we believe is a worthwhile project.

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activity

Springtime at New Street Gardens.

We want to give an update to all our fundit supporters about where we are at presently. First of all, we are delighted to welcome in our garden manager-Susan-who started 3 weeks ago and is doing a wonderful job getting the place ready for spring clean/weed and overhaul. We hope to have the garden ready for the summer. There will be some changes made but all for the better. We are now in the middle of hiring a project manager who will help with all things related to organising and running the garden along with its programme of events. Please feel free to drop in anytime. There will be either Susan or someone else to meet and greet and show you all the different exciting things happening in the next few months.

Our first Christmas 2014

We wanted to wish all our fundit supporters a very happy Christmas from New Street Gardens. May this be the first of many Christmases to be had. We will be in touch in the New Year to introduce you all to the new groups which has formed to maintain and develop the gardens in 2015 and hopefully beyond. We will also send you on details of upcoming events and the gifts promised to those funders we have yet to get to. But for now we are delighted to send you all lots of Christmas cheer from the gardens.

Mystery guest in New Street Gardens

We are looking forward to the mystery guest arriving down to play some cheery Christmas tunes Mon - Fri 12-3pm (excluding Thursday), Please come down and join us.

Preparing for WINTERVAL festival and the new year.

Hi to all our FUNDIT supporters, Just a quick update to let you all know where we are at at the minute with New Street Gardens. Presently we are getting the space ready. We have a team of people who have been coming in to prepare the garden to be replanted for the winter and spring. We hope to have the entire space replanted by late November. We also have a team who have been preparing the decor for the upcoming Winterval festival-it should appropriate festive for the season that is in it. All this will be ready for November 23rd and we hope to put on an opening night ceremony which we will let you know about when we get the go-ahead from the Winterval organisers. In January 2015 our steering group hopes to sit down to come up with a comprehensive programme of events in association with the gardens. Once we have decided on dates and other details we will update you all. It is an exciting time for us all here in Waterford and we hope you all come visit us. Again if you want to contact us we are at newstreetgardens@gmail.com, on facebook and twitter as well as just recently setting up our instagram page. We are also in the middle of developing our website which we hope will be ready in the next couple of weeks. Thank you all again for your support and continued interest in New Street Gardens. The New Street Gardens Group.

Post Summer at New Street Gardens

Hi to all our generous FUNDIT supporters, New Street Gardens was ready for opening on June 20th and we were delighted that President Michael D. Higgins came down to officially open our gardens. We then went straight into putting on our promised Summer programme of free events which included live gigs, workshops, tea parties, food demonstrations, outdoor cinema nights and more. At the same time we have been working on getting our gifts ready for our funders. We built the Sponsor tree with the names of individuals and businesses who gave €200 and more to our project and presently we are getting gifts ready for the many funders who have €10 who we will notify when we have them ready. To the funders who gave €50 we must apologise for not notifying about each event which was held. However the good news is there will more events. Way back in November 2013 when we approached the council about the garden idea we put forth the idea of building a pop up garden from a derelict site.The intention was always to hand over the running of the garden in October. However after wise advice, a group has formed of individuals interested in managing and developing the garden for the forseeable future. At present we are preparing the garden for replanting for the WInter and upcoming Springs. Also we are getting ready for the Winterval festival which will take place in New Street Gardens as well as other locations around Waterford City.In the new year we will sit down and put together a programme of events for 2015 which we hope will be fitting for the development of the gardens. To date, we are astounded at how our gardens have found their way into the hearts of the community. There has been no vandalism or anti-social behaviour in the gardens and it's safe to say that people of all ages and backgrounds feel a sense of ownership of them which is why they are such a success. We welcome any queries and suggestions from our funders which you might like to share. Please don't hesitate to contact us by email at newstreetgardens@gmail.com and on our facebook page which gives details of any upcoming events and activities in the gardens. For those of you who gave us €50 donation for a gift of a seat at 10 events, please contact us if you would like to get a tour of the gardens during Winterval as well as the Viking Village characters who will be working away there over the 6 weeks. We want to thank you all again as your support has helped us achieve our objective which was to finish the garden and put on our free Summer programme of events. We will keep in touch with any more updates which will happen in the gardens THanks New Street Gardens Group

funders (207)

There are 179 public funders of this project


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