During the summer it also becomes a ‘Summer Street’ with its own unique identity of activities as organized by the municiaplity. In 2020 Manillagatan was a ‘Summer Street’ from June 15th until September 30th.
Numerous potting areas are installed for urban gardening and several stations are set up for construction play and carpentry. The idea is for the area, very centrally located in a park in the city, to become a creative meeting place for all generations as well as to especially cater to creative play needs of young children.
The range of activities designed to enhance the street as a “creative meeting place” between all ages include several planters for urban gardening right in the middle of the city. These urban cultivation activities harken back to historical activities in the park- in the 18th century, local pharmacist Franz Joakim von Aken grew medicinal plants in the park.
In collaboration with local arts organisations, local urban growers as well as students from the local University’s “meal ecology” program (“Måltidsekolog”), workshops in urban gardening and construction play are also arranged. Workshops feature a range of activities including sowing seeds, building insect hotels and other activities geared to both novice as well as experienced growers.
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