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Parks Week aims to raise awareness of value of Australasia’s open spaces

Parks Week aims to raise awareness of value of Australasia’s open spaces
February 18, 2019

Whakatane District Council is to offer free activities including belly dancing, Tai Chi and trolley derbies at its public parks during the upcoming Parks Week 2019.

Being held from 9th to 17th March across Australia and New Zealand, Parks Week aims to raise awareness of the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people out of their homes and into the outdoors.

With the Whakatāne District an enthusiastic backer of the initiative, Council Manager of Places and Open Spaces Mike Houghton said the District was fortunate to have a wealth of public places to be shared and enjoyed.

Houghton advised “healthy parks are essential for healthy people and our district has some of the most picturesque reserves in the country.

"As well as being good for your physical and mental wellbeing, parks are places where we can connect with others and build stronger families and communities."

Apanui School and the Whakatāne Library have collaborated to bring Te Reo in the Park to the Whakatāne Rose Gardens as part of Park Week 2019.

Other schools in the district are encouraged to think about how they can be a part of Park Week, and are invited to contact the council to discuss their involvement.

Parks Week activities include:

Trolley Derby, Waiewe Reserve - 9th March 
Book-a-Boo in the Park, Whakatāne Rose Gardens - 12th March
Ika-Boo in the Park, Murupara Domain - 13th March
Tai Chi in the Park, Whakatāne Rose Gardens - 14th March
Guided day walk through Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park - 14th/15th March 
Yoga in the Park, Whakatāne Rose Gardens -  15th March
Dance and Musical Concert, Wharaurangi - 16th March 
Outdoor Movie Night, Warren Cole Walkway Amphitheatre - 16th March 
Belly Dance Taster, Whakatāne Rose Gardens - 17th March

Parks Weeks is organised by the recently rebranded Recreation Aotearoa and Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA)

Commenting on the event, PLA advised “Parks Week 2018 was a huge success with hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand holding events to celebrate the vital role parks play in creating liveable cities and thriving communities. 

“The week saw councils and other organisations on both sides of the Tasman running engaging events to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people out of their living rooms and enjoying the outdoors.”

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Main image: Whakatāne Rose Gardens.

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