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Working their magic . . . Gore District Council staff Karla Brotherston and Mark McCann dress up to kick-start the Enchanted Parks Quest. PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS

Fairies and goblins living in Gore’s gardens and green spaces can expect plenty of visitors this week.

Children are knocking at their doors for the Gore District Council’s Enchanted Parks Quest.

Events co-ordinator Mishel Kaaplan said the quest was part of Parks Week, a national event being celebrated in Gore for the first time this year.

“It runs from March 6-14 and is all about getting people into their local parks,” Miss Kaaplan said.

“We felt that the enchanted quest would encompass a variety of parks rather than just having one event in one park.

“We wanted to do more for Parks Week than just a bouncy castle and and a sausage sizzle.”

Each day participants were given clues to track down miniature doors hidden in 11 park areas throughout the Gore district.

A full-sized magic door was also in the foyer outside the library, she said.

She had watched the event unfold over the weekend.

“Seeing people getting out, that’s the best bit —the kids’ happy faces.

“It was so fun watching [the children] trying to find this door.

“The excitement when they found it was fabulous.”

Numbers were high, with 496 people connected to the event on social media, she said.

“Families have really got into it.”

People were able to join in the quest even if they had not taken part earlier in the week.

Parks and recreation manager Ian Soper first had the idea to do something special for Parks Week, she said.

“Being a newcomer to the district myself, I was absolutely on board with it because I’m surprised at how many great parks there are for a town this size.”

Mr Soper said Gore had not celebrated Parks Week in previous years because it lacked the capacity to deliver a programme.

The Covid-19 pandemic had also created an obstacle to its involvement.

“Last year we decided we would [get involved]. That desire was hobbled by Covid and the 2020 lockdown,” he said.

Community support for this year’s Parks Week was “overwhelming”.

“We are now looking to the future and what we may be able to achieve next year.”