The recent street Festival was a great idea. Interesting to note the varying reactions to kids playing in public spaces – normally regarded with some ‘parental’ disdain and dangerous because of traffic. Perhaps some thought could be given to art and cultural activities specifically for kids – special occasions with a ‘playpen’ of sorts that can be re-created or moved to different sites and coordinated with other special Parade events – and by this I don’t mean inflatable castles!
This would also provide excellent child-minding support as well as catering to inter-cultural exchanges and socialising activities – a skilled person or two could be ‘borrowed’ for the events or a permanent-part-time professional could facilitate the games and activites. A good way of providing new entry points for perhaps the most recent of residents.
P.Haus, Visitor to the Parade Food & Wine Fair