As New Brunswick prepares to move to Green in the coming days, a new outdoor gathering space, called “Tannery POPS” has opened in downtown Fredericton. The space has been created through a partnership of property owners surrounding The Tannery and Downtown Fredericton Inc. as well as in-kind support from the City of Fredericton.
The past year has been difficult for everyone. The burden of Covid-19 has limited social circles, cultural gatherings and our ability to unwind and be playful in public spaces. Tannery POPS aims to burst those Covid blues, providing a safe and flexible space for an eventful summer of fun.
Tannery POPS has been designed as a multi-use space with an al fresco dining area as well as casual and private seating areas which can be used by the public daily. The space can also be transformed into a private, licensed event venue including space for a stage with views from the surrounding patios. Art by local artists has been installed along the side of the Klub Khrome building, adding an engaging element to the space. Pink polka dots cover the ground, representing champagne bubbles as we celebrate moving forward post-covid.
“This transformation has created an engaging destination in the heart of Fredericton’s downtown,” says Mayor of Fredericton, Kate Rogers, “I am so pleased to see this safe, comfortable and exciting space come to life as New Brunswick takes the next steps in our covid-19 recovery.”
Mike Babineau, president of Downtown Fredericton Inc.’s Board of Directors is also happy to see new use of this space. “Over the years, several ideas have been bounced around about the use of The Tannery,” says Babineau, “it’s great to see everyone come together this year to make it happen at a time when our community and our businesses can all use a boost.”
The Tannery POPS project is a three year pilot, which includes the potential for winter use.
More information about artists’ work featured in Tannery POPS can be found here: https://www.downtownfredericton.ca/events/tannery-pops-art-exhibition/