Un­veil­ing of walk­way

South Waikato News - - Your Health - SUP­PLIED

Friends and fam­ily gath­ered at Lake Moananui in Toko­roa on Satur­day to un­veil the Jim Hig­gins Me­mo­rial Walk­way plaque.

The late Jim Hig­gins was Toko­roa’s first ever Mayor, serv­ing on the Toko­roa County Bor­ough from 1966 to 1975 and then the Toko­roa Bor­ough Coun­cil from 1975 to 1980.

‘‘Look­ing to­day at our beau­ti­ful Lake Moananui and the walk­way, we couldn’t think of a more fit­ting way or spot to recog­nise Jim’s com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing beau­ti­ful parks for our district,’’ Mayor Neil Sin­clair said at the un­veil­ing.

El­dest son, Colin Hig­gins spoke on be­half of the fam­ily say­ing it was hum­bling to see so many peo­ple cel­e­brate the nam­ing of the pop­u­lar Lake Moananui walk­way in re­mem­brance of his fa­ther.

‘‘It was my fa­ther’s pas­sion for parks and re­serves that got him in­volved in lo­cal body pol­i­tics from the start,’’ he said.

‘‘Work­ing with other like­minded peo­ple who shared this vi­sion has meant that Toko­roa has some fan­tas­tic parks that cel­e­brate our prox­im­ity to re­cre­ational, sport­ing and out­door op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The plaque is in­laid into the pop­u­lar walk­way in mem­ory of Mr Hig­gins’ ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing parks and re­serves for the en­joy­ment of our com­mu­ni­ties. It is lo­cated near the pic­nic tables at the Marae­tai Road park­ing lot side of the lake.

SWDC

Crowds gather dur­ing the Jim Hig­gins Me­mo­rial Walk­way un­veil­ing

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