Kāpiti Coast District Council launched its 2018 Parks Week programme this week, with free events in a different park every day between 11-18 March, wrapping up with the Council’s first fun run event – Park to Path.
Starting from Otaraua Park, the 10km run travels along the Waikanae River trail and onto the Expressway shared path before heading back to Otaraua Park. The 6km run/walk starts from Otaraua Park, travels along the Waikanae River to the Expressway bridge, and then heads back to Otaraua Park.
“We’ve had a lot of fun bringing people Parks Week in Kāpiti over the past few years, but this year is a real step up,” Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says.
“We’re dedicating a whole week to our parks to celebrate the role they play in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy.
“Each day during Parks Week we’ll be profiling and holding a free event at one of our great parks – some you may have been to and some are hidden gems.
“It’s wonderful to be able to bring the community such a wide-ranging programme, in eight different parks over eight days, and the opening family fun day event at Pharazyn Reserve on 11 March is a great way for people to kick off the week.”
She says there’s something for everyone – from a guided tour through Kaitawa Reserve with Mayor Gurunathan, to storytime and treasure hunts for the kids.
There are also two days of free yoga and pilates at Maclean Park and Marine Gardens and a session for dog owners who want to find out more about how to safely use the agility equipment at the Ōtaki Dog Park.
Food trucks will be selling refreshments at the bigger events like the Pharazyn Experience and Park to Path.
The Council maintains more than 500 hectares of parks and sports grounds and almost 80 kilometres of walkways, cycleways and horse riding paths.
Information about all eight events and online registration for the fun run is on the Council’s website at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/parksweek.
About Parks Week
Parks Week is an annual international celebration of the important role our parks play in contributing to the health of our communities. Parks have many benefits and play an integral role in the wellbeing of active communities. The Kāpiti Coast is home to many great open spaces for our community to enjoy. Parks Week is all about highlighting and celebrating the important role parks play – for people, communities, and the natural environment.