The community of Sholing came together on Saturday 29 September to transform the green on Montague Avenue. The event was part of Sholing Child-Friendly Streets, a project run by My Journey (the council’s sustainable travel brand) in partnership with Sustrans and University of Southampton to change the face of Sholing’s streets. The initiative is part of the EU Metamorphosis Project which aims to transform car-oriented neighbourhoods into child-friendly spaces.
On a sunny Saturday in June, a group of children of the two neighbourhoods Grünau and Riesbach in Zurich revealed their favourite places in the area. After identifying their secret spots on a big map, they walked in groups through the neighbourhood explaining why exactly these spots are their favourite spots – for example a certain slide “because it is painted in a beautiful red”, a spot at a nearby river “because it makes such a beautiful noise when you throw stones into the water” or a garden “because over the summer the most beautiful flowers grow here”.
A street festival took place in the two settlements of Bändli and Tiefenbrunnen at the end of September. On 22 September 2018, the residents of the Tiefenbrunnen settlement were invited to build garden furniture from palettes, enjoy coffee and cake in the temporary street café or cut their own bouquets from the flower pots provided by the city. A section of the Wildbachstrasse was temporarily closed for this purpose. In the Grünau district, the street closure of 29 September 2018 was used to hold a street soccer tournament and to sit together for sausage and raclette.