FAMILY AFFAIR: Blake Collings, 4, Ella Collings, 2 and their grandmother Gail O’Brien enjoying the new seats in Wade Park.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Blake Collings, 4, Ella Collings, 2 and their grandmother Gail O’Brien enjoying the new seats in Wade Park. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Now the park committee can take a rest with the rest of us

AFTER spending two decades developing Lismore's Wade Park from a bare slice of ground to a loved local spot, the Wade Park Committee has made its last move as an official body.

As the finishing touches on the park, before the committee members can relax, they have fittingly placed three seats on the grounds as a designated resting spot for the park's users.

Committee member Gail O'Brien of Lismore, who has been on the committee since 1994, said it had been wonderful to watch the transformation of the park over the last two decades.

"It was a sports field but it wasn't used much. Now it's used all the time," she said.

With Lismore City Council, the Wade Park Committee members have developed Wade Park - from planting the trees, to applying for grants and watching as play equipment was laid - they've been there through it all.

"It's a wonderful, massive community project," Mrs O'Brien said.

Mrs O'Brien said the resting spot was a "place of contentment" - with a bit of sunshine at one stage during the day and restful shade at others, it was the perfect place to sit down and take in the park or watch the kids kick a ball around.

For those who like to walk around the circuit of the park, which is quite a distance, Mrs O'Brien said, these three seats now provide a place for a rest.

While their work (and their grants) are over for now, Mrs O'Brien said the committee would still like to place plaques on the seats dedicated to the families who have been involved in the project over the years - such as Mrs O'Brien's uncle John Wade, who donated the land for use as a park.



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