Long-term project com­plete

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A long-term project for a Cromwell com­mu­nity-based child­care cen­tre has been com­pleted.

Molyneux Ed­u­care is cel­e­brat­ing the com­ple­tion of its play­ground - three years af­ter plan­ning started for the project.

Cen­tre man­ager Beth Phelps said the devel­op­ment started one year ago, clear­ing the land.

‘‘We agreed early on we would take own­er­ship of the project our­selves to en­sure we took ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to cus­tomise this project to our cen­tre and phi­los­o­phy.‘‘

The cen­tre val­ued sus­tain­able and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments, which de­ter­mined the re­sources used, in­clud­ing macro­carpa, re­cy­cled tim­ber, flag­stones, plants and grass, and what was in the vegetable gar­den, she said.

‘‘There are spa­ces for large groups and quiet spa­ces for small groups and it is open ended to al­low the chil­dren the free­dom to cre­ate their own play.The real hero of this project is the peo­ple who were part of this project along the way. They con­trib­uted ideas, time, re­sources and sup­port. We want to ex­press our heart­felt ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all of them for their enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion.’’

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/STUFF

Project AF8 pro­gramme man­ager Jon Mitchell and sci­ence lead Dr Caro­line Orchis­ton.

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