Parks Week kicks off with activities for all

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Parks Week kicks off with activities for all

Posted on: 08.03.2017

Locals and visitors from out of town are encouraged to take part in Magical Parks Week by visiting Hume Oval, Downing Street in Picton, or Appin Park on Appin Road, as it is transformed into a digital Magical Fairies and Dinosaurs fantasyland. The program will take place over the next eight days as part of Parks Week and the ‘Magical Parks’ app can be downloaded onto any mobile device for FREE from the app store via iTunes or Google Play.

Parks Week, which is managed by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA), runs from 4-12 March in 2017. As part of the event, Councils and other organisations on both sides of the Tasman are organising a programme of activities throughout the week.

 “We all want liveable cities and thriving communities so we need to invest in these public spaces. They are vital to our social and economic wellbeing,” said Luke Johnson, General Manager of Wollondilly Shire Council.

“Parks make our towns and cities more attractive, and provide locals and visitors with opportunities to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. They allow people to de-stress, exercise, and interact with others.”

Parks Week brings together Australian and New Zealand Councils and other organisations with an interest in the future of parks. The idea behind the week is to raise awareness of the social and economic value of these spaces.

Acting Mayor for Wollondilly, Robert Khan said “Raising awareness of the benefits of parks and gardens in local communities requires a joint effort, with communities, parks bodies and government working together to achieve shared outcomes that will benefit people today and in the future.”

New Zealand Recreation Association Chief Executive Andrew Leslie said he was looking forward to seeing Australian and New Zealand organisations work more closely together.

“We have a great deal in common. People in New Zealand and Australia spend a great deal of their outdoor recreation time in parks. It makes absolute sense for us to work together and merge our talents, to obtain better outcomes for parks, and for our communities,” Mr Leslie said.

PLA chief executive Mark Band said he was looking forward to an exciting week of events showcasing the value of parks.

“By the end of the week, we’ll have a much better understanding of where we all stand and what we can do together to better advocate for parks.”

“Many Councils understand the value of investing in parks, but we want to highlight this week that there is a lot more we can and should be doing to maintain and develop these green spaces in our urban areas,” Mr Band said.

To find out what’s happening in Wollondilly, go to the “What’s on” section of Council’s website.