Community group’s bid for social hub and pop-up cafe in popular Aberdeen park

Plans to create a pop-up cafe in a popular Aberdeen park are on the cards thanks to a community group.

Friends of Seaton Park hopes to use the popularity of The Allotment Market Stall (TAMS) and Aberdeen For a Fairer World’s trike, which will be appearing in the park from next month to start a pop-up cafe in the park – with gazebos, plus tables and chairs set up for the summer months.

Chairwoman of Friends of Seaton Park Sheila Gordon said: “We want to expand on what they do. If it takes off then next year we might go for a pop-up cafe, it’s the next stage.

“The idea would be that any other small enterprises could come along and use the space for example to sell crafts, it would really be a social function.

“There’s not a social hub in the park, so we’d like to get that going but they’re big plans, and we need a lot of money as industrial gazebos are expensive.”

TAMS sells produce grown in allotments all over the city, while Aberdeen For A Fairer World’s trike sells teas and coffees. Setting up some furniture would help to create an area where people could gather for a chat and enjoy some fresh local produce. The group said it would also mean a future cafe would likely be sustainable.

Before any potential expansion plans can go ahead, the group is appealing for help with container issues, as they need somewhere suitable to store all the equipment.

Sheila said: “We have high hopes for the container. We’re applying for funding, as we need a place to store the gazebo, and the trike isn’t really mobile, it just looks great. That’s why it needs to be in the park already, and we need the container to store it.”

The plan comes as part of ongoing improvements to the park. The group received funding from Aberdeen City Council’s UDECIDE programme for an outdoor concrete ping pong table earlier this year, and are currently in the process of getting the area ready for its installation.