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Parks Week 2018

Tell us more 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 – and we’re right behind it here in Kāpiti!

This year Kāpiti's Parks Week took place 11 - 18 March.

We love our parks so much we dedicated a whole week to them to celebrate the role they play in keeping our communities and natural environment healthy.

Whether you use your local park to take your dog for a walk, have a play in the playground, get your daily fitness kick, play some sport or quite simply take some time out, 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. It's important that we value and look after our parks so everybody can enjoy and make the most of them.

How did we celebrate our parks?

Parks Week was all about highlighting and celebrating the important role parks play – for people, communities, and the natural environment, encouraging greater use of parks, celebrating the contribution that volunteers make to parks and promoting healthy parks and healthy people message.

Each day during Parks Week we profiled and held events at our great parks – some you may have been to and some are hidden gems!

Below is a summary of the events held throughout the week.

The Pharazyn Reserve Experience, Sunday 11 March 1pm-5pm - a family fun day out!
Bouncy castles, food trucks, face painting, music and more!

Mayoral Walk,  Monday 12 March, 6pm-7pm - A guided walk through Kaitawa Reserve with Mayor K Gurunathan.

Story Time in Mahara Place, Tuesday 13 March, 11am-12.30pm - Some great stories were read by the librarians from Waikanae Library in the Mahara Place pop up park.

It's a dog's life in Ōtaki, Wednesday 14 March, 3.30pm-5pm- Our doggy friends got a chance to try the agility equipment at the Ōtaki Dog Park and recieve some awesome giveaways.

Yoga in the Park, Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 March, 10am-11am and 11.30am-12.30pm- Zuri from Z Health Studios hosted a free relaxing Yoga session and an energising Pilates session at Maclean Park and Marine Gardens

Kāpiti Rocks Hunt, Friday 16 March - Seven of our special painted Parks Week rocks were hidden in seven of our special parks for some cool prizes.

Park to path – the Parks Week fun run, Sunday 18 March, 8.30am start for the 10k run and 9.30am start for the 6km run/walk - a timed 10k run or 6k walk/run starting and finishing at Otaraua Park in Otaihanga. The route went through a specially opened part of the park, along the river and onto the Expressway’s shared path.


 Did you know ...?

  • We maintain more than 500 hectares of parks and sports grounds

  • Almost 80 kilometres of walkways, cycleways and horse riding paths are managed by us at the Council


 For more information...

Name Katherine Greenbrook, Recreation Facilities Coordinator
Phone 04 296 4855
Email katherine.greenbrook@kapiticoast.govt.nz