The installation of two large outdoor tables with bench seats on Orewa Reserve recently is the result of almost a year of work behind the scenes.
The tables and benches cost just over $2000 each and are a gift to the community from Orewa Lions, to mark the centenary of Lions Clubs worldwide.
All clubs were asked to come up with a centennial project and Orewa Lions, who have been part of this community for more than 50 years, wanted to make a significant contribution.
They sought ideas for a suitable project from the community and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.
Carvers at Ngawha prison in Northland made the outdoor furniture, which replaces planter boxes that were also donated by the Lions Club, back in 1982. The wood for the furniture was sourced from Northland Kauri, who also oiled the finished pieces.
Orewa Lions volunteers, rather than Council, will maintain the benches and tables.
President Mandy Hebben says the members are excited to see the pieces finally installed. “It’s fantastic to be able to give something back to the community that will hopefully give pleasure to lots of families for a very long time,” she says.
The other part of the centenary gift is outdoor gym equipment, which recently got the green light from Council to be installed at the campground end of the reserve.
Mandy says the first two pieces – a leg press/sit up bench and cycle strider/stretching bench should be installed in about six weeks. More equipment will be added as funds allow and eventually it will form a little circuit where the public can workout.
Orewa Lions have a givealittle page where anyone can contribute to the outdoor equipment fund. Look for ‘Outdoor Gym Equipment for Public use on Orewa Beach reserve’ at givealittle.co.nz