Our Council is proud to be part of Parks Week from March 7-15, which is about promoting the value of our wonderful parks and open space reserves and to encourage people to get ourside 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 are hosting Pop Up Cycle events from 9am - 12pm in four locations, Pauanui, Whitianga, Thames, and Whangamata. Where do you go? Monday 9 March in Pauanui outside the Thames-Coromandel District Council Community Centre. Tuesday 10 March in Whitianga at Buffalo Beach Reserve. Wednesday 11 March in Thames at Victoria Park, near the Hauraki Rail Trail. Thursday 12 March in Whangamata at Williamson Park. What we are providing: Free air - Come and get your bike tyres pumped up. Free helmet checks - How to wear your helmet correctly. Free serial number card - The team will show you where your individual bike serial number is located on the bike, how to protect your bike from theft and to register it on the www.snap.org.nz website. You will also get a free silver sticker to let people know this bike’s serial number has been recorded. We also will be giving away our cycle flyers to encourage people to attend cycle courses. How will you know it’s us? There will be a team of two wearing blue cycle shirts and they will have bikes with them. For more information contact Del Read on 0274 752 366. Other events we have going on in our reserves: Thames: Thames 50+ Cycling group Thames 50+ Cycling Group is an open group that meets regularly and encourages local cycling enthusiasts to join them for a ride. The rides differ every week, ranging in length and landscape. All cyclists are supported to ride at their own best pace as there's always plenty of time for a catch up over coffee. They will be riding on on Tuesday 10 March from 8:45am at the start of the Hauraki Rail Trail in Thames. For more information click here. Whitianga: Waka Tours Learn about our local history relating to our parks and reserves such as Taputapuatea and Lovers Rock. These are custom tours with first hand knowledge about the Maori and European history in Mercury Bay. The next tour is on Wednesday 11 March and costs $50 per person. To book your spot please go in store at 57b Albert Street Whitianga or phone Shelley Balsom on 0272316789. Dog Walking Meet with other dog owners to walk your pooch weekly in a social environment and a stop off at the pub afterwards. Meet at Lovers Rock Reserve, Robinson Road Whitianga on Thursday 12 March 2pm every Thursday. For more information contact Jenny on 07 866 5508 or 0211865797. Hahei Football Club Come along and enjoy some social soccer in a social enviroment at Kotare Reserve at 6:30pm on Thursday 12 March. For more information contact Tim Stephens on 0278432683. Whitianga Mini Scooter Competition Whitianga will be hosting a Mini Scooter Compeition on Saturday 14 March at the Whitianga Skate Park at 10am. Arrive at 9am to register for $5. For more information contact Karen Smith at email@example.com. Mercury Bay Area School 1st XV Girls vs Swanigan Lake XV Go watch the Mercury Bay Area School rugby 1st XV Girls vs Swanigan Lake XV at Lyon Park on Saturday 14 March from 11am. For more information contact Mercury Bay Area School on 078665916. Cricket Spend your Saturday watching the Cricket at the Mercury Bay Sports Park on Moewai Park Road, Whitianga from 10am. Under the trees Find your flow and experience peace and harmony with some tai chi, yoga and meditation at the Lover's Rock Reserve on Saturday 15 March from 8am - 10am for $25 per person. The class is followed by an essential oils experience and information session under the trees. Coromandel Town RAIDERS Of The Last ARC. RAIDERS Of The Last ARC will be using the Patukirikiri Reserve on 7 March in Coromandel Town, celebrating the 20th year of running the ARC Adventure Race. A new format called “Adventure Rogaine,” is being introduced, starting from the proposed new site of an Outdoor Adventure Camp close to Coromandel Town. There will be a series of stages, including trekking, mountain biking and kayaking or an alternative water- based activity.There will also be the famous ARC Mystery activities including the “Temple of Doom” for which you will need a whip and a wetsuit. Pauanui Pauanui is hosting Music Picnic At The Point at Pleasant Point Reserve on Saturday, 7 March. Enjoy a fun afternoon outdoors with live music including ‘Fuller and the Empties’ as the main act and supporting act Brendon Finn and Brielle Cottier-Hall. Bring along your picnic chairs, blanket and enjoy entertainment with family and friends. Whangamata Farmers Market This market is held at Island View Reserve on Rangi Ave from 8am - 2pm on Sunday 15 March, selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. For more information contact Rachel on 021710149. To find out more about holding events on our parks and reserves click here. For more information on Parks Week see parks-week.org.