Our Council is proud to be part of Parks Week from March 6-14, which is about promoting the value of our wonderful parks and open space reserves and to encourage people to get outside and use them. There are lots of activities planned on some of the many reserves around our District in Parks Week 2021, running from 6-14 March. Cycle awareness workshops, cemetery tours, children’s activities, selfie frames and much more have been organised to promote the value of our wonderful parks and open space reserves and to encourage people to get outside and use them. “We want to get children active in our parks and off the couch by promoting events that we have going on in our reserves," says our Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie. We would also like to invite local organisations and communities to arrange events or activities in your local park or reserve that you would normally do inside. Free community events will have the booking administration free waived for that period. Note: other normal application processes and fees may still apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Council will also promote your activity on our website for free. Here are some ideas/events that you could do on a reserve: Take free dawn yoga in a park. Organise a kid’s teddy bears picnic and storytelling. Arrange a fun walk or run through a reserve with your friends or work colleagues. Do a family photography session. Try a lunchtime game of non-stop cricket, rounders or volleyball. Cook your dinner outdoors on a park barbeque. Try a local track you haven’t been on. Get on your bike and cycle on a shared pathway through a park. Use your bell! Council supported activities include (further details tba): Cycle awarenss in Whangamata, Whitianga, Pauanui and Thames. Contacts: Ingrid/Mary-Ann/Del – Roadsafe. Details to be confirmed. Shortland Cemetery Guided Walk. 20-Danby Street Thames. Shortland Cemetery. Friday 12 March 10am – 12pm. Contact Paula Carr on email@example.com Fairy Door Finding - Thames Library and Victoria Park. Library at 505 McKay Street and Victoria Park - 405 Brown Street - between the tennis centre north to the entrance to the Burke Street Reserve dog exercise area. Popsicle packs at library from 1st of March. Kids are to glue together, decorate and return to the library before 4pm Friday 5th of March. Maps can be picked up from Monday 8th of March – 14th March to start the discovery. Pics and Portraits in a Park - Painted Frames and Selfie Stands at Thames Museum, Kuranui Bay Reserve and near Thames Small Gauge Railway. From Saturday 6th – Sunday 14th March. Contact Jane Wright on firstname.lastname@example.org. Supported by Menzshed and The Underfoot Gallery. Tiger Moth Club Annual Summer Fly-in. Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield, Thames. 5th and 6th of March. Competitions. Contact Larissa Doherty on email@example.com Fairy Door Finding – Whitianga Esplanade and Beachfront. 6th – 14th March. Contact Sue Costello on firstname.lastname@example.org Primo Park Pix. Send in your best photo of activities in your local park in the beautiful Thames-Coromandel by the 14th of March. Prizes for 1-3 placing and chance to have your images published in the next OurCoromandel Magazine. Contact Sue Costello on email@example.com. Note: Competition is district wide. Primo park pics photo competition We are hosting a district wide competition to celebrate parks week 2021. Send in your best photo of activities in your local park or reserve in the beautiful Thames-Coromandel by 14 of March to firstname.lastname@example.org This competition is open from today 3 March so get sending in those photos now There will be six prizes in total. Three for junior section (16 years and below) and three for open section (17 years and above). Prizes will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Winners will receive vouchers for Stirling Sports. Contact Sue Costello on email@example.com. Note: Competition is district wide. It is one entry per person. When sending in your photos please supply date of birth and reserve/park location (where the photo was taken). Also please provide best contact number and good luck to everyone. Pop Up Cycle Events Pauanui: Tuesday 9 March from 9am - 12pm in Pauanui outside community centre. For more information contact Ingrid Le Fevre on 027 539 5888. Mercury Bay: Wednesday 10 March at Buffalo Beach Reserve from 9 - 12. For more information contact Ingrid Le Fevre on 027 539 5888. Thames: If you're wanting to move towards more bike riding in your everyday life - we are here to help make it happen. We will be handing out cycle skills flyers and helping you with helmet safely. This will be held at four different locations, with one being held in Thames on Thursday 11 March on the Hauraki Rail Trail and Victoria Park from 9am - 12pm. For more information contact Ingrid Le Fevre on 027 539 5888. Whangamata: Pop up cycle event Friday 12 March from 9am - 12pm at Williamson Park, Coastal Pathway. For more information contact Ingrid Le Fevre on 027 539 5888 For more information on Parks Week see parks-week.org.