Amelia Williams with Silly Milly the balloon lady at the Springston Picnic in the Park last week

Summer in the parks

by Ann van Engelen

The very popular Selwyn District Council Picnic in the Park is back for 2020 with a crowd of 80 people attending the first event in Springston last week.

“It was the first of eight community picnics in the park held as part of the council’s annual Summer in Selwyn series of events and activities,” said council Events and Recreation coordinator Lauren Robb.

“Community building is a big part of what makes the picnics popular. Every year when we talk to people about why they enjoy the picnics, ‘it creates a sense of belonging’, is always high on people’s responses.

“They talk about the opportunity to get to speak to new people and family togetherness at the events. We run them in the smaller towns around the district, and they always enjoy that sense of community.

“Local musician Holly Kimber entertained the crowd, which also enjoyed face painting, the antics and balloon creations of Silly Milly the clown, Pedalmania cycles, a bouncy castle and a free sausage sizzle, outdoor games and more. There are activities for all ages to get involved, and spot prizes up for grabs with coffee available for purchase.

“With eight picnics during two months chances are they will be at a park near you.”

The remaining Picnic in the Park events will be held at Anderson Square, Leeston on Thursday, January 30, 5­–7pm, Freyberg Domain, Burnham on Thursday, February 13 from 5­–7pm, Springfield Reserve, Springfield on Thursday, February 20 at 5­–7pm, Rhodes Park Domain, Tai Tapu on Thursday, February 27 from 5­–7pm. West Melton Reserve, on Wednesday, March 4 combined with Summer Skate Jam from 5­–7pm.

Dunsandel Domain and Community Centre on Friday, March 6 from 5–8pm with an indoor movie 101 Dalmatians — movie starts 6pm, and Prebbleton Community Park will have their event on Wednesday, March 11 from 5­–7pm again combined with Summer Skate Jam.