The Recreation Aotearoa Awards took place in Hamilton last night, with Palmerston North being centre stage in the top categories.
As well as The Lido and Wildbase Recovery wins, Ahimate Reserve received a merit award in the Best Park category and Palmy Rocks, Dirty 30 and Passport to Play received a merit award in the community recreation programme category.
Palmerston North City Council Manager of Parks and Reserves, Kathy Dever-Tod, says the wins show that Palmy is punching above its weight in the recreation space.
“We’re committed to having a creative and exciting city, so to get national recognition from across a number of recreation sectors shows we’re living up to this goal.”
Wins show the power of partnerships
“In each of these areas we’ve partnered with key organisations, funding partners, iwi and community groups to bring these projects to life. The awards show the immense power of collaboration.”
Ms Dever-Tod has paid particular tribute to Heather Knox, the brains behind Palmy Rocks, Dirty 30, and Passport to Play, who is moving away from Palmerston North.
“These initiatives have gotten our kids outside and playing in nature. They’ve inspired parents to explore with their children and create great memories while learning new things. Heather really is a community hero and while we know she has passed the baton on, we are sad to lose a local champion of natural play. We wish her and her family well on their next adventure.”