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It’s official . . . Gore Kids Hub president Tracey Powley watches Gore District Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper cut the ribbon to open the natural play area near the hub on Monday. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

The Gore Kids Hub natural play area is officially open.

The space is on the Gore District Council’s recreational-use land that flanks the drive into the kids hub.

Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper cut the ribbon to open the play area on Monday.

Building a play area was a good use of the low-lying piece of land, he said.

“I think it’s a really great community asset now.

“I’m sure it will be well used.”

Former Hub trust president Bronnie Grant said the natural play area had always been part of the trust’s vision for the hub.

“It completes that kids hub footprint that we have in that area and provides another bit for people with pre-school families to utilise,” Mrs Grant said.

The area had features including stumps and posts for climbing, a walking balance bike track, wooden bridges and structures.

Everything was suitable for families with pre-school and primary age children.

The project had cost about $15,000 which had all been funded by the trust, with the exception of $800 from the Dolamore Trust.

The plants were donated by the Hokonui runanga.

Former Pukerau nurseryman Arne Clellanddid the original design, and Gore woman Kylie Aitken has been overseeing the project.

Gore Host Lions Club had also helped build the structures.