Children’s Day family picnic
See you next year!
This was Tri-City’s largest family picnic! More than 64,000 had fun next to PGE ARENA Gdańsk all Sunday long, May 31st. Almost a hundred attractions were offered free of charge to juniors and seniors alike. The Path of Adventure turned out to be the greatest hit of the Children’s Day picnic.
“It was super...” - Christopher (aged 12) commented the picnic. “I liked the fire engines and buses best,” is the 11-years old Wojtek’s opinion. “Jumping and riding a bull was great,” thinks Remek, aged 14. “I want to come here with my parents next year...” 8-years old Asia thinks ahead. There were dozens and even thousands of such opinions, considering that nearly 64,000 people attended the Tri-City’s largest family picnic held to celebrate Children’s Day.
“It seems that the grounds around PGE ARENA saw most smiled faces that day. We prepared the Children’s Day event namely for them for the second time already. We are very happy that so many residents of Gdańsk – and not only Gdańsk – accepted our invitation to have fun together,” says Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk. “All those who have worked on the “Gdańsk for Children” event for many weeks, including our strategic partners, representatives of Gdańsk companies and institutions, as well as sport clubs, associations and numerous volunteers, deserve highest appreciation for their creativity and commitment. No doubt, the joy of so many children will be the best acknowledgement for them.
GPEC Group and InvestGDA were strategic partners of the event, along with 25 other contributors. Owing to the Municipal Public Transport Company in Gdańsk, most of our visitors could take a special bus or tram to the stadium free of charge that day. The historical vehicles provided by the operator were an attraction in themselves for the public transport fans.
“PGE ARENA was the centre of the Tri-City Children’s Day celebrations yet another time and this seems becoming our new tradition. I am pleased that so many people found coming to the stadium to be the best idea of spending time with their family and having fun together. This means that our facility has really settled into the landscape of the city and is a live space for all the residents to meet and experience the unique,” says Tomasz Kowalski, CEO at Arena Gdańsk Operator. “This is the main direction of all our efforts, including sports events and activities we organize on a regular basis here, as well as of our development plans.
There was plenty to choose from at the Sunday picnic – nearly 100 attractions awaited the participants, most of them being offered free of charge: from popular inflatables for the youngest, through board games for those valuing intellectual activities, environmental workshops, health advice, to live shows presented by antiterrorists and fire brigades. In addition, athletes from Tri-City’s sports teams invited everyone to join a game of floorball, football, rugby, flying disc or any other of a dozen of sport disciplines.
Furthermore, the PGE ARENA open day was an opportunity to visit the yellow stand of the stadium, feel its unique atmosphere and take a photo for a keepsake. The Path of Adventure competition was another great hit of the day. Those who took the challenge and tried to complete a number of various tasks, not all of these limited to sports, could score points and win attractive prizes sponsored by the Children’s Day picnic partners. The most determined participants were awarded holiday camp vouchers, FUN ARENA tickets and a bicycle sponsored by GPEC.
The day was highlighted by a performance given by Saszan – the teenagers’ idol. Before making her appearance on the stage, she met a group of her most enthusiastic fans who won an invitation for the exclusive meeting as a prize in the Facebook contest. “I am the person to meet Saszan, because I want to thank her for having taught me how to fight for my dreams,” - was one of the winning answers.
More than 3,000 came to listen to the concert and enjoy themselves together with the artist. Saszan recognized her most enthusiastic fans among them – those who attended her concert in Poznań one week earlier. The crowd of teenagers was singing Saszan’s greatest hits, “Dla was” and “Wybrałam”, together with her.
Helping the Hospice
The picnic at PGE ARENA was an opportunity not only to have great fun, but also to support an important initiative. Volunteers were collecting funds for the Pomerania Children’s Hospice patients. “We are taking care of 30 children from all over the Pomerania region now, aged from 2 months to 20 years. What’s important, they are all staying at their own homes. The assistance includes medical care, the provision of specialist equipment, as well as psychological support. Any financial help is priceless,” says Marta Artykiewicz from the Pomerania Children’s Hospice.
“I am awfully happy that so many children from Gdańsk and Tri-City cared to think about those in need, their suffering peers.”
Many teams representing each of the organizers, sponsors and partners worked with great commitment to prepare the event.
Security of the event was provided by more than 90 security guards. Good spirits and good weather were also there.