I'm alive and I've got my name on a park

HAMISH CARDWELL
Last updated 08:06 21/12/2012
Liz Davidson
Scott Hammond

Park up: Former Marlborough mayor Liz Davidson is very happy with the park named in her honour in the centre of Blenheim. Kaia Peek, 2, has a wee ‘‘peek’’ at the just unveiled name.

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One hundred and fifty people turned out for the opening of Blenheim's "pocket park" yesterday, which was named Liz Davidson Place in honour of Marlborough's former mayor.

The park features a new public toilet block made of cedar and stone, a raised platform which can be used as a stage, a grassy area for lounging, and a shaded area with benches. Mrs Davidson said she was humbled and honoured to have a park named after her.

"Most parks are named for people after they have died, but I am very much alive."

She said it was great to see people using the park.

"That is what it is all about."

A young saxophone player entertained the crowd, which included city councillors and council staff, National MP Colin King, business owners, members of the public and a large group from the local camera club recording the event from all angles. There was also a market with stalls selling free-range eggs, berries and coffee.

Fulton Hogan project manager Tim McCombe said the project had a tight timeframe but everyone working on site had pulled together as a team to get it done.

In the the final week before completion there had been some "moments of concern" but the sub-contractors had worked some late hours and it came together, he said.

Jennie Crum, of Renwick, said the park would provide a nice focal point for the town centre.

"It is nice to see a small bit of grass, and to have a shady seating area."

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- The Marlborough Express

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