Park re­vamp adds a taste of France

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Berets and jan­dals were the or­der of the day at a Frenchthemed pic­nic to cel­e­brate Plim­mer­ton’s new pe­tanque court in Kare­hana Park.

Three-hun­dred peo­ple at­tended the fam­ily day on Jan­uary 27, many hav­ing a go at pe­tanque and ev­ery­body en­joy­ing the scorch­ing weather.

‘‘We or­dered that weather, of course,’’ said Kare­hana Park Project Group mem­ber Roger John­ston. ‘‘It was a fan­tas­tic day.’’

The court was well-re­ceived by the com­mu­nity, although few knew the rules, Mr John­ston said. ‘‘Each game was made up as it went.’’

A sign ex­plain­ing the rules will be in­stalled soon, he said.

An­other success of the French day was the sale of 17 more per­son­alised paving stones for $150 each, which will help fund the sec­ond half of a new path run­ning through the park.

The Kare­hana Park group hopes the path will be fin­ished be­fore win­ter and is also plan­ning an­other stage of the park’s re­vamp, an over­haul of the stream banks.

The steep bank will be lev­elled into a gen­tle slope with na­tive plant­ing.

Kare­hana Park’s new look gives the Plim­mer­ton com- mu­nity a feel­ing of own­er­ship and re­spect for the park, he says. Mr John­ston hopes less graf­fiti will re­sult.

‘‘That to me is quite im­por­tant and I think peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate and look af­ter it bet­ter.’’

Bowled over: Brent Tuohy of Tuohy Homes, Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Colin Bleas­dale chris­ten Kare­hana Bay’s pe­tanque court on Jan­uary 27. Three hun­dred peo­ple turned up to cel­e­brate the park’s re­vamp.

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