Leave mark on park
Karehana Park will have permanent reminders of those who supported its upgrade, and there are still plenty of bricks available.
Stage one of the park’s concrete pathway, which begins off Cluny Rd, has been completed. The next stage, which will take it to Airlie Rd, will begin soon.
Local families, schools and even a beloved pet have been immortalised through a series of pavers placed at regular intervals. So far, 84 have been installed, with another 70 to come.
‘‘By summer we’re going to have a complete path, which is fantastic for the park,’’ project co- ordinator Roger Johnston says.
‘‘It’s one of those ideas that was tossed around for a while and after the success of the seats [along the promenade in the suburb], we thought this might work. It’s on a smaller scale in terms of contributions, it’s very accessible for people.’’
The pavers cost $ 150 and money raised goes a long way towards the cost of the pathway and other upgrades planned for Karehana Park, Mr Johnston says.
‘‘We put the word out there about this and it just snow- balled, the response was very positive. Each paver tells a story about someone or a family who is connected with this community.’’
One is dedicated to Peter Oag, who, in 1947, dedicated the land that the park now sits on.
Along with the continuation of the path, a petanque court, sponsored by Brent Tuohy and using timber from the old Airlie Rd bridge, will be constructed before summer at the south end of the park.
Anyone wishing to buy a paver may contact Plimmerton Residents’ Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mr Johnston on 233 1934.
Brick by brick: Roger Johnston and Dave Anderson from Plimmerton Residents’ Association, with one of the paved sections of the new pathway.