Revamped park made with heart

Last updated 10:48 07/11/2012
Matamata Rotary Skate Park upgrade official opening.
Nicola Stewart
Matamata Rotary Skate Park upgrade official opening.

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More than a hundred people were at the Matamata Rotary Skate Park on Saturday for the official opening of the upgrade.

Youth co-ordinator Jono Bay organised the event to acknowledge the contribution made by local businesses and organisations.

Rotary president Graeme Guilford presented Ross Bay with a Rotary Paul Harris fellowship to recognise the work he put into the upgrade.

"The youth of our town are worth investing in," said Mr Bay. "That's why I have put my heart and soul into this skate park."

Joyce Wheadon was asked to cut the ribbon on behalf of her late husband and former Rotarian Jim Wheadon.

The parents of teenager Zak Lang, Ian and Tania, unveiled a new sign dedicating the park to the memory of their son, who was killed by a train earlier this year.

Following the official opening, two skateboarders and two scooter riders entertained the crowd with tricks.

The park was then thrown open for everyone to use and the crowd enjoyed a free sausage sizzle.

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- Matamata Chronicle

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