Families Fill the Park at June 5 Pop-up

Petanque 2016 Jay Turner

Petanque on a Lazy Summer Day. Credit: Turner Photo.

Nature smiled on last Sunday’s June 5 pop-up event in Barnard Park. With summery weather, the park was packed full of children and families enjoying free activities on the day.

The Sunday pop-up was hosted by the Friends of Barnard Park, the local volunteer group, with Barnard Adventure Playground. The Playground’s land is protected through fields in trust deeds of dedication which means it will always remain for children. To celebrate this, Barnard Adventure put together an Awesome Family Open Day. Kids had a blast on the playground’s tall play structures and trying out other bold activities.

To kick off the day, Mrs. H and the Singalong Band had the children rocking in the aisles of the playground amphitheatre with their own special brand of good-time music. In the park, there was more fun for kids with bouncy castles, Happy Pots pottery and an art bike for spin painting. Two beautiful police horses strolled through.

The Barnard Park piano, painted at last year’s pop-up, was back to delight park users. Oxjam musicians serenaded a sea of picnicking families on the grass with a live jam. To make a perfect lazy lunch, Friends homemade cakes, Spanish wraps and Vietnamese Pho were served.

And to top it off, there was an international petanque tournament in the park pitch. It’s a traditional French street game similar to lawn boules. Fifty teams competed for seven countries including Hungary Spain, France, Sweden, Belgium and America. The players competed late into the summer evening.

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