Free summer family fun
Palmerston North is a great place to raise a family, and that is never more obvious than during these long summer days.
It was a huge pleasure for me to help celebrate the finale of the Library’s reading programmes. Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they’ve learned during the summer holidays.
The aim of the reading programmes is to encourage children to keep going and avoid the ‘summer slide’.
It was wonderful to join the 100 intermediate students who completed the I-read programme and the 500 primary-aged participants of the Summer Reading Programme to celebrate their success.
I’ve been inspired by the challenge of the ‘Palmy Dirty 30’ to get outside with my family and experience this amazing place in a different way. Challenges completed so far include exploring new parks, splashing in the river, swinging on a tyre swing and building a fort. Information about the challenge is available at Central and Community Libraries, or you can follow the action on Facebook.
The Friends of Waitoetoe Park deserve special mention for making the Park a special place for children to experience natural play – something, Council is keen to extend as we look at the development of the Linklater Reserve.
My children were very excited to find the hidden frogs of Pit Park on a recent trip to explore that hidden gem.
On Sunday afternoons, my family heads down to the Esplanade for the free ‘Sounds of Summer’ concerts beside the cafe from 2 – 5 pm. Each week there is a range of musical offerings, something to suit everybody while we enjoy the sunshine and company. And if it gets too hot, there’s always the Esplanade Paddling Pool!
My fellow Councillors and I are keen to hear from you, and there are lots of ways you can make your voice heard.
Council is currently consulting on the draft Events and Festivals Strategy – You can find the document on Council’s website – please take the time to have your say on the strategy.
Councillors are hosting ‘Let’s Talk’ sessions at Longburn Community Day and Esplanade Day. Come and have a chat about what you think makes this a great place to raise a family, and what we can do to make it even better.
Palmerston North city councillor Rachel Bowen