Sports, games, circus skills and entertainment — it was a big day to organize, but Play in the Park was a resounding success

A park full of action

by Andy Bryenton

The purpose of parks is recreation and fun green spaces set aside to benefit the community with some much-needed relaxation and family time. With that in mind, the Play in the Park day on April 7 was a resounding success, as a variety of community groups came together with people of all ages in Dargaville to have a good time and get active.

Held at the town’s new Sportsville complex the day attracted enthusiastic crowds who got to try their hand at a range of leisure pursuits and sports.

From mega inflatable slides and bouncy castles to bubble blowing, circus skills and giant-sized lawn games, there was a wealth of things to see and do on a sunny Sunday. With help from organisers and supporters such as Sport Northland, Kaipara District Council Silver Fern Farms Dargaville, Te Ha Oranga, Circus Kumarani and many more; it was a case of the community coming together to have a great time.

There has been a real momentum with the community groups inviting others to join. It is certainly a true collaboration within the community and is far-reaching. The organisers have decided that Play in the Park will remain as branding for the Whanau days and will become an annual event.

Not only that, they are now looking at supporting another regular event Whanau Day a Silver Fern Farm Family Day at the local pool each Christmas as well as organising a Winter Festival Day. One of the organisers, Maria Boon from Te Ha Oranga said: “I am so excited to work alongside all of these community groups with the same vision, to provide excellent and fun experiences to our whanau.”