The Activities in the Park program was developed by Greater Shepparton City Council’s Active Living Department and is coordinated by the Healthy Communities Team. The program provides an opportunity for Greater Shepparton residents and visitors to explore our parks, playgrounds, facilities and pools and participate in a number of free and low-cost activities. The program also plays a significant role to encourage people to engage with their community, be outdoors and be physically active.

Since the start of the program in 2012/2013, over 2,100 free and low-cost activities have been held outdoors in local parks and reserves within Greater Shepparton and have been attended by a combined total of over 96,000 participants.

The program has traditionally been an eight-month program held each year from September to April. Most activities are free with the main low-cost activities being pool entry into the pools when activities are hosted at those locations.

The overall vision of the Active Living Department is as follows,

‘We believe everybody should have access to and be encouraged to participate in programs that allow them to be Healthy, Active, Happy and Connected’

The Activities in the Park program aims to:

  • Deliver at least 200 free and low-cost activities that are accessible to all members of the Greater Shepparton Community to encourage them to get out and active in their local communities.
  • Deliver 30% of total activities that are accessible to all members of the Greater Shepparton community to encourage them to get out and active in their local communities including our small towns.
  • Develop a partnership with at least 10 community organisations/Council Departments to deliver activities that encourage a cross section of our community to participate in the program.
  • Activate use of parks and gardens through increased park bookings.

How to get involved

The 2021-2022 program runs from the September 2021 school holidays through to the April 2022 school holidays.

This year we will celebrate 10 years of our program.

We asked our community to get involved in two possible ways:

  • We are asked for community input to help us to develop the September 2021 – April 2022 Program by submitting their ideas to this page.
  • We also had our Facilitator Expressions of Interest applications open to the public with applications closing on Friday 9th July 2021.

Use the tabs below to make a selection:

  Submit your idea

Submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 30 July 2021.

What other activities would you like to see offered for future Activities in the Park programs?

We are asking for community input to help us to develop the September 2021 – April 2022 Program. Submit your details below, and up-vote your favourite ideas from others.

29 July, 2021

Janie says:

“Yoga in the park. Frisbee games. Hoola hoops. ”

28 July, 2021

Sam says:

“skating, yoga, silent disco, tai chi, juggling, sessions using our outdoor gym, quidditch, more regular and more sessions in Dookie park”

28 July, 2021

Ellie says:

“More spotlight walks in (say) Jordan's Bend Older folk Zumba class Park Choir ( like pub choir but with picnic blankets)”

28 July, 2021

Helen Jeffs says:

“Kite flying would be a good one for families. I would love some Tai Chai classes. and yoga with out fast music. ”

28 July, 2021

Chooky says:

“Definitely yoga & stand up paddle boarding again”

28 July, 2021

Helen says:

“Yoga in the park would be great.”

28 July, 2021

Sonal says:

“Toddler activities ie. From ages 1 to 3 year olds.. eg. Painting, crafts, dance, play, bubble play Fun Exercise session for mum and bubs”

23 July, 2021

Caroline says:

“Skate lessons Crafts of the past- crochet etc Science activities Fun run/walk event Bike path guided/interactive tour ”

6 July, 2021

Liz Connick says:

“A Couch to 5km run program over a period of weeks leveraging of Park Run. The program could help kick start a fitness journey. ”

5 July, 2021

Maddie says:

“Something strictly for the ages of 14-17. Something at night (or close to night). Nerf wars or even washable paintball ball at Kidstown”

2 July, 2021

Polly says:

“A nutritionist or someone doing a cool fruit & veggie workshop would be cool. Maybe make smoothies and stuff”

1 July, 2021

Lillian says:

“Stand up paddle boarding , plant a tree day, aboriginal info- bush tucker, ”

  Facilitator Expression of Interest

Our Facilitator Expressions of Interest application period is now closed.

The Expressions of Interest provide an opportunity for clubs, businesses and community groups to deliver activities as part of the Activities in the Park program. The application is relatively easy to complete and asks these organizations to identify the activity they wish to deliver and identify details including costs for the Council to cover to provide these activities for free to the community.

Applications closed on Friday 9th July 2021.