Rajah comes alive
Find out about a community sports day at Rajah Street Reserve.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 49 - August 2015.
Families in Oaklands Park have been issued an open invitation to come together at the award-winning Rajah Street Reserve to celebrate their community at a free sports day in October.
Rajah Alive will see adults and children try their skills at tennis, basketball, netball and soccer.
Other free activities at the revamped park will include a bouncy castle, bocce, running and Life Be in it games.
The reserve was given a $300,000 makeover last April following a partnership between the City of Marion and the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation, which provided the bulk of the funding.
Mayor Kris Hanna urged local residents to get involved in Rajah Alive which is being held on Saturday, October 17.
“Rajah Alive is a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and enjoy exercise, try a sport, play games and meet new people,” Mayor Hanna said.
“It’s the latest example of how people are embracing the park as a place to enjoy outdoor activities.
“I invite local residents to join with friends and neighbours and come to Rajah Alive.”
More than 1000 children have participated in sports coaching clinics and school holiday activities at the park since it was upgraded with two multi-purpose sports courts, a 40m, running track, grassed area, soccer goals and playground.
A group of local volunteers, The Rajah Rec Squad, run events at the park and are organising Rajah Alive with support from the City of Marion.
Craig Guest is one of the squad’s founding members.
“I got involved in Rajah Rec Squad to help make the neighbourhood a better place and am really looking forward to Rajah Alive,” Mr Guest said.
“It’s exciting for us to be running events in our own community and to see more and more people using the park.”
- Date: Saturday, October 17
- Time: 12.30pm to 3pm
- Location: Rajah Street Reserve, Rajah Street, Oaklands Park
- Includes: Tennis, basketball, netball, soccer, rock climbing, bocce, outdoor games, free barbecue
- Cost: Free
More than 200 people attended last October’s Rajah Alive event.
The City of Marion and the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation (RRSF) have been honoured for developing the reserve at the Parks and Leisure Australia Regional Awards.
The project won:
- Inclusive and Connected Communities Award
- Leisure Facilities Development Award
As a winner in the SA and NT region, the project will be submitted to the national awards which will be announced in October.
RRSF founder Roger Rasheed said the awards recognised the foundation’s partnership with the City of Marion.
“The after school sports programs the foundation is running with the City of Marion is putting children on track to enjoying better lives,” Mr Rasheed said.
For more information about Rajah Alive, contact community development project officer Julie Higgins on 8375 6600.
City Limits Magazine
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