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Central city activity ticketing initiative proves popular

Thursday, October 05, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: Community Groups, mental wellbeing, community connection

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 2nd October 2017

A parking meter with a difference has issued 2000 tickets since being installed in Cathedral Square two months ago.

The Open City parking meter issues tickets containing people’s ideas on the best free things to do in our city. A ticket might direct you to 'Enjoy a tree swing' or 'Experience wonderful Cunningham House' or 'Play ping pong'.

Coralie Winn from Gap Filler with with a ticket issued from the Open City parking meter.Each of these little gems are free and have been suggested by Christchurch locals.

Open City is a collaboration between Gap Filler and the All Right? campaign.

Rachael Welfare, Gap Filler Co-Director, says the Open City project hopes to foster a sense of connection between strangers.

“Each adventure helps you get to know your city better through someone else’s eyes,” says Ms Welfare.

“The project, since its inception, has been about questioning how we give value to things in our city. It’s the small things to find or do in the city which connect us to the city year round. And with so much change in recent years, it’s nice to find some new things as well as the old amongst the sweet, free things to do.”

All Right? Manager Sue Turner says the Open City parking meter is helping people to reconnect with the city.

“The central city is changing by the day. Whether you’re one of the many thousands of people who have returned to the city for work, or you’re simply wanting to rediscover the city with your whānau, the meter is full of great ideas that will help you to unlock the city’s secrets,” says Sue Turner.

Open City has a website where you can upload your suggestions of sweet, free things to do in Christchurch. The website operates city-wide, whereas the parking meter is limited to things within the four avenues that can be reached, ideally on foot, a scooter or bike.

“There are about 90 different inner-city secrets to discover accessible from the parking meter now, and it’d be great to have even more” says Ms Welfare.

Gap Filler has plans to place more parking meters around the central city as well as potentially in suburban areas in the coming year.

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