15 November 2019

Big Spring Picnic offers family fun at newly refurbished Haig Park

| Dominic Giannini
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Bubbles at Haig Park

Delight and wonder for kids of all ages at the Haig Park Experiment. Source: Haig Park Experiments Facebook.

Pets, pianos, pizza and pinot will be on offer this Sunday at the Big Spring Picnic in Haig Park, celebrating the best of the Canberra outdoors.

The Picnic will run an array of events across four locations in Canberra, each indulging in its own unique theme in order to bring the community together and provide a day of entertainment and enjoyment for kids big and small.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow says a gorgeous setting, good friends and great times are all on offer through the Experiments program after light-touch improvements were made to Haig Park in June.

“Haig Park Experiments continues to make a positive impact on the amenity and perceptions of this iconic green space in the heart of the city,” Mr Snow said.

“With a great program of activities occurring across a variety of sites in Haig Park, I look forward to seeing the Big Spring Picnic bring the Canberra community together for a great day outdoors. The community has responded enthusiastically to the Haig Park Experiments and have actively embraced our revitalisation efforts in this important public space.”

Near Froggatt Street in Turner, the theme is Pets, Piano, Pizza and Pinot, with dog agility equipment, piano performances, woodfired pizzas and a wine bar for the adults.

Turner will also have a play area for kids with equipment and activities like slacklining, face painting, garden games, a bike skills track and community BBQ, which will all take place near McCaughey Street.

Social sports and soul-searching will be front-and-centre in Braddon, with the area near Torrens Street featuring disc golf, hide-and-seek and tug-o-war, soul music performances from a converted 14-tonne truck, or perhaps you’d prefer to take a walk through the Labyrinth, and public art installations.

Haig Park Experiments map

The Big Spring Picnic will take place at Haig Park this Sunday.

Finally, at the top of Lonsdale Street in Braddon is the Dance and Picnic Market, where you can indulge in drinks and snacks from some of Canberra’s favourite vendors. The DIY-makers’ village, live music, and the City Renewal Authority’s new inflatable, portable events pavilion will also provide entertainment for both kids and adults.

Haig Park Experiments program manager Adelaide Rief says the success of the Experiments program provides ample opportunities for the Canberra community to experience all the park has to offer.

“There will be something for everyone at the Big Spring Picnic, whether you’re looking to enjoy a picnic with friends, kick around the ball and get active, introduce your kids to nature play, or dance in the sun to live music,” Ms Rief says.

“It echoes exactly how we see Haig Park – it’s the city’s backyard and everyone can enjoy it.”

The Big Spring Picnic will run in Haig Park from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, 17 November 2019.

For more information and to view the program, visit www.HaigParkCBR.com.au or find Haig Park Experiments on Facebook and Instagram.

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