Tod­dlers love their new park

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

There were shouts of glee and lit­tle legs pedalling fast as tod­dlers en­joyed Puketawhero Park’s new Tod­dler Bike Track.

The track’s of­fi­cial open­ing was held on Wed­nes­day. There was a Pimp your Trike/scooter/bike com­pe­ti­tion, face paint­ing and a sausage siz­zle.

This track is a part of the East­side Youth Space.

The Mokoia Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion worked along­side the East­side Com­mu­nity Col­lec­tive for this youth space and had strong sup­port from Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil.

They had spent the past few years dis­cussing with young peo­ple what their space could look like and talk­ing with the com­mu­nity.

They held work­shops with East­side schools about what they would like to see and took young peo­ple out to other youth spa­ces.

Chris­tine Hutchi­son, Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil parks and re­cre­ation team com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ad­vi­sor ac­knowl­edged the mothers, fa­thers and grand­par­ents who brought their chil­dren along to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the track.

“It’s just per­fect to see them ac­tu­ally use it and see it in ac­tion.”

“This is the com­mu­nity part of this space. We’ve had a part­ner­ship with them all the way along.”

Mokoia Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion com­mu­nity-led man­ager Leigh

Richards says it feels great that an­other pro­ject within the East­side Youth Space is com­pleted.

She says they would like to get some bar­be­cues and have seat­ing for them, as well as a shade over the stage.

Ro­torua East Lions mem­ber and co-or­di­na­tor for the East Lions’ East­side Youth Space pro­jects says he is sure there are plenty of play­grounds around for all ages, but few with so many ac­tiv­i­ties in a small area like the East­side Youth Space.

He says Ro­torua East Lions mem­bers con­structed the Give Way sign and lit­tle shops on the Bike track.

David says they were grate­ful to Mokoia In­ter­me­di­ate which de­cided to have a paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the de­sign of the baker’s shop and fruit and veg­etable shop.

The win­ning de­sign was repli­cated on on the struc­ture.

He con­grat­u­lated ev­ery­one who was in­volved in the bike track pro­ject.

Leigh says there has been a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tion around this pro­ject, in­clud­ing with O¯ whata Med­i­cal Cen­tre, Plun­ket, Ro­torua Lions East, Cy­way Ro­torua, Ro­torua Bike Fes­ti­val, Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil, East­side Ro­torua Child Friendly and East­side Com­mu­nity Col­lec­tive.

Photo / Shauni James

Tod­dlers en­joy giv­ing the new track at Puketawhero Park a whirl.

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