A ceremony was held on Saturday afternoon to officially bless and open the Gore Kids Hub playground for the children of the community.
The playground and kids hub have been a three-year, $1.8million project.
Trustees of the Gore Kids Hub, The Hokonui Runanga and Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks attended to open the playground to the public.
Trustee and “driving force” behind the hub Bronnie Grant said she felt a mixture of pride, relief and an overwhelming sense of achievement to be finally opening the hub.
“Three years ago this was an overgrown wasteland; $1.8 million dollars later we have a modern, innovative facility that is unique to Gore and currently the only one of its kind in the whole of New Zealand,” Mrs Grant said.
“It it is not down to any one person, funder, organisation or business. It is down to sheer determination, blood, sweat, tears and a whole lot of hard work from a number of people,” she said.
Mrs Grant said the completed playground and hub showcased what a true collaboration in a community, region or nation could achieve.
“Of course, timing is everything.”
Mrs Grant thanked those who had backed the hub throughout the process.
“It is very heartening to see that organisations established to serve the community have the ability to look to the future and the open-mindedness to back a group such as ours willing to make a difference in our community.”
Mr Hicks, who officially cut the ribbon for the facility and declared it open, said the playground was “like no other”.
“Not only do we have a fantastic facility but a fantastic example of how a community can get together,” Mr Hicks said.
“I look forward to having an ongoing connection with the kids hub,” he said.
Gore Kids Hub trustee Bernadette Hunt said the hub would soon be officially gifted to the Gore District Council.