Fun In The Park brings the community together



21 January 2020


Fun In The Park events are held in local reserves during school holidays, in areas where there is a large number of young families. 

These fun, free and whānau-focussed activities get young people out of their houses and playing together. 

Council works closely with a number of communities on different projects such as neighbourhood reinvigoration upgrades, installation of cycleways and shared paths and the Child Equity Programme.

These projects enable Council’s teams to develop partnerships with community organisations and these holidays, those partnerships have helped bring the fun to where the children are.


The Fun in the Park events so far:

  • Pullar Park, January 6th, 13th & 20th
  • Rowi Street Reserve, January 15th

Fun in the Park events still to come:

  • Turner Drive Reserve, January 22nd between 11am and 2pm

Anyone is welcome to join the fun.

Jill Campbell from Council's Strategy team says the events are all about bringing the community together. "The kaupapa is all about encouraging organisations to work collaboratively to offer cool summer activities aimed at children and young people. The community groups selected the locations themselves. It’s great because Fordlands and Western Heights have a high number of tamariki and rangitahi in their neighbourhoods."

There are a number of teams involved from Council including Rotorua Library and Rotorua Museum. There is also a great group of community partners getting involved such the Police, Lakes DHB, Plunket, Central Kids Early Education, Stone Soup, Healthy Homes, Kimiora Community Trust, and both the Western Heights and Fordlands community groups. 

The upcoming events will involve a giant slip n slide, give it a go on bikes, bike races, under 5’s tent with playdough, games & colouring, free BBQ sausage sizzle, library and museum services such as computer coding and crafting, music and fun.  The DHB is providing free public health nurses as well as fluoride treatment for tamariki.

See below for some pictures of the events so far:

For more information regarding Fun In The Park events, contact

Page reviewed: 21 Jan 2020 9:20am