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Bristol's famous Park Street lives up to its name for a day as it became a "pop-up" urban park

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

Park Street in Bristol was packed out with pedestrians, rather than cars yesterday, as the city centre road turned into a pop-up park, with all traffic banned for 11 hours. Mother Kelly Smedley, 38, of Long Ashton, was one visitor who said: 'It's great to see Park Street used in this way - it's safe for children' Picture: Michael Lloyd

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It may be one of Bristol's landmark streets but this weekend saw it transformed into a "pop-up" urban park.

As the sun shone, on what was officially the first day of summer, tens of thousands of people packed on to Park Street to enjoy the first Park on Park Street event.

Squares of fake grass, along with hay bales and deckchairs, were set up along the steep street to transform it into a city park.

And revellers soon crammed on to the green spaces to soak up the sunshine, with some people even bringing a picnic to share.

A stage was set up at the bottom of the street where visitors enjoyed a mix of music, dance and cooking demonstrations. Stallholders selling everything from flowered headbands, homemade lemonade to vintage makeovers set up along the bustling street.

A handful of tents were pitched up along the road and fake farmland animals, including a sheep, made an appearance. For younger visitors there was also a variety of giant outdoor games, including snakes and ladders, Jenga and Connect 4. The Park Street Traders committee has been working since October on the project to transform the street from a commuter thoroughfare into an interactive urban park.

The event, hailed as a "great idea" by George Ferguson, ran from 11am to 10pm, attracting large crowds of all ages.

Sarah Vigurs, 37, from Bristol, and her children Cain, six and Leeloo, four, arrived with a picnic at the ready. Sarah said: "It's a real novelty to be able to sit in the middle of Park Street."

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