A swarm of young rock painters and their minders descended on the Esplanade playground for a city council sponsored pop-up Palmy Rocks session.
A swarm of young rock painters and their minders descended on the Esplanade playground on Thursday for a city council sponsored pop-up Palmy Rocks session.
A brilliantly fine afternoon ensured a bonus attendance, with the council providing rocks, paint, brushes, trestles, shelter, music and sausages. Coordinator, the city council’s Jeff Baker, had to send out for more sausages and a fresh batch of washed and ready to paint rocks.
First-time rock painters Karen Riley and daughter Madelyn, 10, made the most of the opportunity. Riley captured the tranquility of the Rose Gardens on her rock, while Madelyn made up for lost time by painting four rocks.
Nicki Hanna brought along her children Grace, 4, and Sam, 1.
‘‘They’re really into Palmy Rocks - the whole thing,’’ she said. ’’There are some really good artists painting the rocks.’’
Tiffany Good was also a fan of the Palmy Rocks movement, and described her daughter Tanzi, 4, as a great little rock hunter.
‘‘I can’t walk anywhere now and not look for rocks.’’
As well as sizzling sausages, Baker was kept busy handing out free tickets to the Esplanade Scenic Railway, while the trains did brisk business.
‘‘In making future plans for the Esplanade, we want to understand what people love most about the space,’’ Baker said. ‘‘The fine weather and the turnout has been fantastic.’’
He said several local artists had been commissioned to paint MyEsplanade themed rocks, which will be hidden around the park throughout the school holidays.
People are being encouraged to take photos and videos of their rock finds and the things they like best about the park, and upload them to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MyEsplanade.
Hardcopy photos can be handed in to City Library. All entries will go into a draw for spot prizes.
Submissions made during the MyEsplanade campaign will be featured and preserved on City Library’s Manawatu¯ Heritage website.
Young Stephen Rushworth, 7, had a slightly different take on the event, waving about a short stick that he wanted to paint his favourite colour - green. Palmy Sticks? The boy may have started something.
Grace Hanna, 4, and Tanzi Good, 4, show off their painted rocks at the Esplanade.