Our Council wins national award for Parks Week (Above, our Council's Community Facilities Field Representative Sue Costello with the Parks Week 2021 Marketing Award certificate) Recreation Aotearoa has recognised our Council’s work to produce and market events for Parks Week 2021 with the coveted Green Pavlova award. Recreation Aotearoa is the professional body that represents the recreation industry in New Zealand. At their national conference in Rotorua last night, our Council was awarded with the Parks Week 2021 Marketing Award. “Normally these sort of awards are snapped up by the big metro Councils, so I can’t emphasise enough how excellent this is,” says our Community Facilities Manager Derek Thompson. “Our Community Facilities Team, including our Libraries staff, put a huge amount of effort into creating events and programmes for the week that required a lot of planning and a high attention to detail, and were very well received by the public,” says Mr Thompson. “To say it took a lot of effort is an understatement as we start work on the next Parks Week almost as soon as the last one is over,” he says. Recreation Aotearoa said the award was in recognition of our fantastic programme encouraging our community to enjoy our local parks during Parks Week 2021. “We were impressed by the breadth of Parks Week Events put on by the Thames-Coromandel District Council. They made a real effort to host events that could be done under lockdown conditions and accessed by anyone," says Sarah Ford, Recreation Aotearoa Marketing Manager. Parks Week is an annual event involving events and activities to celebrate the vital role parks play in creating liveable towns and thriving communities. Parks Week ran from 6-14 March this year and included cycle awareness workshops, cemetery tours, children’s activities such as fairy door finding in Thames and Whitianga, selfie frames and much more, to promote the value of our wonderful parks and open space reserves and to encourage people to get outside and use them. For more information on Parks Week see parks-week.org.