Playcentre open day to celebrate renovations

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The Mataura Playcentre is holding an open day to celebrate its new renovations.

President Shauna Kubala said the playground had been upgraded and new bark added.

A new cover had been added to the sandpit and the playcentre walls had been painted yellow, she said.

A concrete biking area had also been added.

“We have been revamping everything – we just want it to be really inviting to the public.”

The idea was to make the playcentre a community area, she said.

“We can rent it out for parties and let community groups like Plunket use it.”

The playcentre had a lot of help from the community in carrying out the renovations, Mrs Kubala said.

Digging it Mia Barton (4) digs in the sandpit at the Mataura Playcentre.PHOTOS: LAURA SHIPLEY

“The [Mataura] Blokes Shed helped us out, and lots of businesses in Gore and Mataura have donated prizes for raffles.”

The open day was a way to show people what their money had helped create, she said.

“We want to give back to the community.”

It would be held on December 2 and include a Christmas celebration.

“We are going to combine it with our Christmas party.”

There would be lots of fun activities for children of all ages, including a bouncy castle, games, face-painting, a bake sale, crafts, a sausage sizzle and an appearance by Santa, she said.

“We will also have have a board up with a history of the playcentre and photos on it.”

Everyone was welcome, Mrs Kubala said.

“It’s just a fun event for the community.”

Back then Children gather at the opening of the Mataura Playcentre in 1967. PHOTO: SUPPLED

There was a documented history of the playcentre but there were some gaps in it, she said.

“We have quite a few photos where we don’t have the names of the people in them.”

She invited people who had any information about the history of the playcentre to help fill in the gaps.

“If people could come forward with information, that would be great.”

About 20 children were involved in the playgroup at present, Mrs Kubala said.