I'm alive and I've got my name on a park
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."
The Marlborough Express