Families and friends turned out to celebrate summer in one of Teignbridge’s Green Flag sites, Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot as part of National Play Day, on Wednesday.
This year’s theme was Play Builds Children, with events held across the country.
As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.
A variety of play activities on offer included face painting, large garden games, arts and crafts, face painting, water play, wand whittling, and inflatable fun. Taster sessions gave people the chance to take part in different kinds of physical activity including a sensory garden guided walk, martial arts, and outdoor fitness.
Community organisations and charities were on hand to showcase their work.
The Play Day is one of a host of other Teignbridge green spaces events taking place throughout the school summer holidays with the countryside rangers and further projects in green spaces will run throughout September as part of a Connecting Actively with Nature campaign.
Cllr Andrew MacGregor, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Recreation and Culture, said: “We are keen to encourage more locals to make use of the outstanding open spaces that are available to them. National Play Day, and other events like it, are great as they give a wide range of people the opportunity to enjoy our parks.”
Chrissie Drew, Green Spaces Projects, said: “I am delighted that so many families and friends, and local organisations get involved in the event every year, supporting the campaign for play, caring for our environment and everything that lives in it.”
Teignbridge District Councillor for Buckland and Milber, Cllr Colin Parker, said: “I am a firm believer in family activities and Courtenay Park, as one of our Flagship Green Flag award winning Parks here in Newton Abbot, is ideal for this event.
“For a number of years, the park has been the centre for this play day and it is my hope that other green spaces in the town can also be used, with the aim to improve other areas within the town.
“We’re really pleased with the feedback we have had, and it sounds like everyone had a great day!”
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