ParkFest fun is also a chance to speak up

Publish Date : 01 Mar 2024
Fairy nice! StreetFest is moving to Central Park to become ParkFest.

Preparations are well underway for ParkFest at Central Park in Papakura on March 23.

The event replaces the town’s popular StreetFest on a new site, one designed to allow more space for exhibitors so the festival can grow and showcase community services.

A social calendar highlight for the town, Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole says it attracts visitors to the area and highlights many of the positive things being done in the community.

“We have displays by all sorts of people and groups, and they are all in one place. ParkFest is designed to bring everyone together in a family-friendly and fun environment.

“Moving to Central Park on March 23 from 10am-2pm, also has the benefit of bringing people into our much-loved park, while still being within easy walking distance of all the town and its retailers have to offer.”

Catchpole says the original event had outgrown Broadway and moving it to a more casual venue should allow people to bring their families to enjoy in a leisurely way all that will be on offer. 

The event will also provide information around disaster management and community resilience, and act as a Have Your Say event, where people can comment on Auckland Council’s Long-Term Plan, which sets out the direction Council wants to take over the next 10 years.

“Central Park has a stage we can use, shade, a playground and is at the centre of things Papakura. The park can host large numbers in a great space,” Catchpole says.

“More organisations will be taking part simply because we can offer them more space.” 

Papakura Business Association town centre manager Tracy Shackleton says ParkFest will celebrate the town, its people and their cultural richness.

“Previous events have attracted thousands of people, growing each year, and we hope that continues.”

She says stall spaces are going fast but there is still room, so anyone wanting to be included can contact, call 09 298 8996 or go online here.  

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