Group photo of everyone at the event at 6.30pm

Picnics connect communities

by Ann van Engelen

Selwyn Community members have been joining together at parks across the district for the annual summer Picnic in the Park events.

“Around 120 people enjoyed the Springfield Picnic in the Park last week.

The evening had a great community feel to it,” says Selwyn District Council events and recreation coordinator, Lauren Robb.

“Parents and children were enjoying activities together like riding the assortment of wacky bikes from Pedalmania, as well as eating and chatting together long into the evening. Live music by acoustic duo Veranda Cocktail was also very popular. Community building is a big part of what makes the picnics popular across the district.

“Every year, when we ask people why they like the events ‘it creates a sense of belonging’ is always high on the responses.

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

The fun family activities include live music, bouncy castles, face painting, Pedalmania, and the appearance by Sport Suzie or Silly Billy as well as other outdoor games and activities for all ages.

The next picnics are on Thursday, February 27, 5­–7pm at Rhodes Park Domain, Tai Tapu. Wednesday, March 4, 5­–7pm West Melton Reserve, West Melton combined with Summer Skate Jam. Friday, March 6, 5–8pm at Dunsandel Domain and Community Centre with an indoor movie 101 Dalmatians starting at 6pm and Wednesday, March 11, 5­–7pm at the Prebbleton Community Park, Prebbleton also combined with Summer Skate Jam.