‘‘A new beginning for the old road’’ is the theme of a festival in Ranui this Saturday that promises stories, guided walks and games in Bothamley Park.
The fledgling Ranui Residents Association is hoping to complete its village plan this year, and the festival is a way to bring its community together and encourage input. A similar festival was held at Porirua East School last year and attracted more than 400 people.
Fingers are crossed for good weather this Saturday.
Chairwoman Lepeti Tea says Bothamley Park is the ‘‘ green heart’’ of Porirua, forming a link to so many different sections of the city.
‘‘There’s so much history here, we used to call this [route through the park] the ‘old road’, where our families could walk from Kenepuru all the way through to Pauatahanui.’’
Council and members of the Community Max work scheme have done a wonderful job cleaning the area up, she says, and it is a perfect location for the festival.
There will be stories told, regular guided walks on the day, four murals being painted by young people, stalls and entertainment, and even ‘‘ old school’’ games like egg and spoon and sack races.
Families are encouraged to bring picnics and residents from throughout Porirua are welcome.
A key theme for the event is ‘‘information sharing’’, says Ms Tea.
‘‘There will be plenty for people to see and do, and we will be promoting healthy living, but the main aim is to raise that awareness of both the park itself and our village plan. We want people to comment on where they see the future of Ranui and this park going.’’
The festival will take place in the park entrance opposite the Windley/Champion St junction, and will run from 11am till 2pm.
School interest: Pupils from a number of schools will be present at the Bothamley Park Festival this Saturday, including a number from Cannons Creek School