The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - - Lisa Hous­ton

The re­ju­ve­na­tion of Tui Park in Palmer­ston North to a bright and vi­brant fam­ily park is some­thing all those liv­ing in the com­mu­nity can be proud of.

The park be­side the High­bury Ave shops has long been a place with a tense, un­invit­ing at­mos­phere sub­jected to graf­fiti and petty crime.

But now it’s been trans­formed, by the com­mu­nity it­self, into a place where chil­dren and fam­i­lies can feel safe and wel­come, which is a much stronger re­flec­tion of the com­mu­nity and its res­i­dents.

Com­mu­nity leaders in High­bury have been work­ing hard over the past 10 years or more to change the neg­a­tive stigma around liv­ing in the Palmer­ston North sub­urb and it’s pro­jects like this that help them in that pur­suit.

It’s good to see the coun­cil sup­port such pro­jects and I’m sure there’s other ar­eas around town that could ben­e­fit from sim­i­lar at­ten­tion.

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