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Parks Week 2023

3 Mar 2023, 10:00 AM

This Parks Week (4–12 March 2023) we're celebrating all things parks!

The Kāpiti Coast is famous for our beautiful parks, and the walking trails, cycleways and bridleways that showcase our beaches and dunes, leafy river tracks and coastal forests. Spending time in our parks and the outdoors is important for our wellbeing, helping us feel more positive. So get outside this week, and discover how our parks and natural environment can support your wellbeing!

What makes parks great?

Play

There are so many opportunities for play in our parks, and there is something for all ages and abilities. We operate 49 public playgrounds in neighbourhoods across Kāpiti. Have you discovered our revamped Lorna Irene Drive Reserve playground in Raumati South, which now features a range of accessible play equipment? You’ll find New Zealand’s first wheelchair seesaw, an inclusive swing, musical equipment, a trampoline and a roundabout. Find a playground near you to explore.

Active

From running, biking, horse riding or playing sport, there are so many ways to be active in our parks and wider outdoors. Remember – playgrounds aren’t just for kids! Have you tried out our fitness equipment for adults at Milne Drive Reserve, Haruātai Park, Mazengarb Reserve, Waikanae Park or Otaihanga Domain? Outdoor playground exercise equipment removes two of the most common barriers to exercise — time commitment and cost. Give it a go this week!

Restoration

Amazing people across Kāpiti regularly give their time to enhance, protect and restore our natural environment.

Volunteers have many reasons why they do what they do, from planting trees, building tracks, weeding, monitoring all for the sake of future generations and protecting the whenua. Whatever their reason, we couldn’t do it without them!

To find out more, or to join a group see our Get involved page.

Kaitiakitanga

Kaitiakitanga is a lifelong calling, and often the fruits are not seen in our lifetime. For hapū and iwi of Kāpiti, kaitiakitanga is a role that comes through whakapapa (genealogical connection) with successive responsibilities and obligations to te taiao, ki uta ki tai – the environment from the mountains to the sea.

Our parks spaces hold cultural and historical significance to local hapū and iwi; learning our local stories reminds us these are not just parks for recreation, but were thriving community hubs, green pharmacies and food forests. They were very much contributors to whānau wellbeing.

Have you seen the wonderful restoration work at Otaraua Park funded through the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme? Check it out this week!

Social

Parks offer a place to come together to play, share kai, be active or just sit and talk with friends. Sometimes it’s a case of sharing a smile or a wave that lifts the soul as people go past.

Celebrate Parks Week – play outdoors, get out and get active, join a restoration group, learn about the whenua, share with friends… the possibilities are endless.