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Activity in the Park success

Parks in our region have been a hive of activity during the past four months as part of Greater Shepparton City Council's Activities in the Park program

RIAHN SMITH February 2, 2013 8:00am

Riverside Ramblers Bill Scott, Sharon Leppard, Brian Davis


Greater Shepparton’s parks have been a hive of activity during the past four months thanks to this year’s Activities in the Park program.

Almost 4000 com:3800people have attended the free events across the municipality since the start of October and organisers are hoping to see even more people out and about in the coming months.

Greater Shepparton City Council leisure facilities officer Carmen Nicholsoncom:Greater Shepparton City Council leisure facilities officer Carmen Nicholson said she was pleased with the turnout, but was disappointed to see the unpredictable weather take its toll on the activities.

Ms Nicholson said hot weather forced a jazz performance in Tatura’s Mactier Gardens to be relocated to the nearby Senior Citizen’s Club, while two day’s later, rain dampened the turnout, but not the mood, of a film screening at Day’s Mill in Murchison.

‘‘We’ve had some good attendance, but we’ve also lucked out a lot because of the weather,’’ she said.

‘‘But that’s the risk of having an Activities in the Park program and being out and about. It’s a risk we have to take.’’

The program is a joint venture of Parks Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council and encourages people to get active while enjoying the area’s parks and outdoor spaces.

The events, which have included kite making, yoga and breakfast with the birds, were designed to cater for people of all ages, interests and abilities.

Ms Nicholson said people could expect many more exciting activities before the program winds down at the end of March, including fishing, star-gazing and a film night in Dookie.

‘‘It’s trying to get that philosophy into people’s minds, that it’s not too hard to get out and be active,’’ she said.

‘‘And there’s definitely the flow-on effect of community interaction and those sorts of things, it’s just nice for families have things to do that’s not going to cost them a fortune.

‘‘A lot of people in other councils don’t have that opportunity, so we’re very lucky.’’


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