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Skatepark unites community

NIGEL MOFFIET
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2014
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TEAMWORK: The opening of Riverton Reserve’s skatepark was the culmination of a real community effort.

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A new skatepark is creating a buzz and making a positive change for one community.

Randwick Park residents celebrated the opening of the new $1.5 million park, which also includes a range of sporting facilities, last weekend.

Walz Brown helped design the facility and says he had to hide behind his glasses during Saturday's opening.

"Every time I smiled it felt like I was going to cry," he says. "It's changed the atmosphere around here. It's changed the look and the feel of Randwick - it's not a bad area, it's just had bad times."

Resident Dave Tims says the park will "enrich" the community and give everyone something to be proud of.

"It's a taonga that has been given to us and it's made living around a park a good place to be.

"It's changed what used to be a swamp into something that is getting good usage."

Manurewa Local Board member Danella McCormick says she's proud of how everybody came together to support the project.

"This project has been about communities being empowered to be able to have ownership over their facilities and parks and the board is committed to empowering other communities across Manurewa to be able to do the same."

The new state-of-the-art skatepark marks the halfway point of Riverton Reserve's $4.5 million redevelopment plans.

Tennis, basketball and netball courts were also opened along with two sports fields.

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- Manukau Courier

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