Makeover for Alex pre-school

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It’s been a ‘‘long time com­ing’’ but Kop­uwai Early Learn­ing Cen­tre fi­nally has its new $55,000 play­ground.

The staff and 40 reg­is­tered pupils of the Alexan­dra pre-school are re­ally happy with how it turned out, of­fice administrator Veron­ica In­gram said.

‘‘There’s been lots of fundraising to cre­ate the mas­ter­piece.

‘‘We’ve been fundraising for the last cou­ple of years.

‘‘All our staff and ev­ery­one put in a big ef­fort.’’

The new play­ground at the Marslin St cen­tre in­cludes a whare, a slide, a work­ing river bed, a bike track, new paths, raised gar­dens and a mud kitchen.

‘‘They [chil­dren] are lov­ing it. Just to have the space and ev­ery­thing again.’’

Chil­dren had had to ‘‘en­dure play­ing out in the front area’’ for the past few weeks while the new play­ground was in­stalled and land­scap­ing com­pleted.

Aside from fundraising ef­forts of par­ents and staff, the new play­ground had been made pos­si­ble thanks to grants from the Cen­tral Lakes Trust and Otago Com­mu­nity Trust.

Weka Land­scap­ing, Alexan­dra Men’s Shed and par­ents had com­pleted the in­stal­la­tion.

An of­fi­cial open­ing and a bless­ing by lo­cal iwi was held on Mon­day, fol­lowed by morn­ing tea for all those that helped.

Veron­ica In­gram, Kait­lyn Bar­clay-Smel­lie, 3, Jesse Dal­gety, 3, Char­lie Diver, 4, Fletcher Scott, 3 (ob­scured), Emer­son Dickson, 4, Mad­dox Gale, 4, Will In­gram, 3.

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