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Spark:York finally opens.

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By Molly Catterall

Spark:York, the unique community project, is set to open its doors to the public today after a long wait.

After a challenging two years the new community space will launch today from 4.30-11pm.

The temporary shipping container complex, situated on Piccadilly, will be home to the best of York’s start up and social enterprises. Hosting independent and local York businesses all with a social purpose to their work, Spark York aims to transform York as well as giving back to the community.

Founders of spark York: Sam Leach and Tom Mckenzie explain how Spark York will bring life back into the city, through a community space which is lacking within York. Sam Leach told the Yorkie: “York needs to change, needs to adapt” by bringing people closer together.

Photo Credit: Scott Hill.

Spark: will consist of 23 up cycled shipping containers, placed on two levels. This new community space for the people of York is providing cafes, street food, bars, restaurants along with vast amount of opportunities and events for York residents.

There’ll be a wide range of businesses, providing retail units, social hub for events, a sensory garden and business hub to the people of York.

Spark York is set to open each day from Sunday to Thursday from 8am until 10.30pm, and on Friday and Saturdays until 11pm.

Photo Credit: Scott Hill.

Despite some opposition from residents over the look of Spark:York, Sam Leach and Tom Mckenzie have encouraged people to “come and see it for yourself”.

It’s not about shipping containers it’s about people across the city” said Sam Leach.

Tom Mckenzie explains to us how “it has been a journey over the last 9 months” but is truly excited for the launch.

As their website puts it, York is the future, York is the New York.

Photo Credit: Scott Hill.