Leave mark on park

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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 plim­mer­tonra@gmail.com 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.

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