Darsena Center open for business - and fun

After completion of restyling

A varied programme of autumn events is to enliven Milan’s Darsena Center, finally reopened after months of roadworks and construction to provide a civic area with a view on the city’s old canal system.

The city hall has announced a series of appointments, from walking tours, kids’ activities, info sessions on renewable energy to parents’ aperitifs.

Located on Piazza 24 Mai, Darsena Center is a public space open daily from 15.00 to 21.00 (and Saturdays also from 10.00 to 12.00), and with a neighbourhood market. The whole area is covered by Open Wi-fi Milano, the city’s free high-speed connection. Modern benches are available for relaxing on the green area, while inside on the ground floor are the still and sparkling water dispensers and an info point on Expo 2015.

Another info desk gives advice on civic themes such as energy saving and differentiated waste collection, now operative in the whole city. Kids’ activities and workshops are open seven days a week from 15.30 to 18.30, most of it centred around the Expo theme of feeding the world.

On Friday 25 September at 17.30, the city hall and Radiomamma have organised a “milk aperitif”, when parents will be offered a free snack with biological food, a pouch bag and a “milk-shirt” with flaps for breast feeding, while their kids are being entertained.

A series of meetings on energy saving and renewable resources under the headline “Science Thursdays” will run from 25 September to 20 November, organised by the Energy Department of Milan Polytechnic, with talks on halting global warming, DIY solar panels, making a solar oven, saving on electricity bills and recovering wasted energy through use of water.

Members of the public can also apply for use of the center for activities or events on Mondays and Wednesdays from 19.00 to 21.00.

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