INVERCARGILL Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt says he learned to never judge a book by its cover.
However, he said this idiom could not be applied in relation to the Feldwick Gates, the entrance to Queens Park, one of the main assets of Invercargill.
“It is magnificent. It is the perfect cover for this iconic park.”
Sir Tim was among the people who were part of the blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Feldwick Gates on Saturday.
Invercargill City Council parks operations manager Chris McAulay and Waihopai Runaka kaumatua Michael Skerrett joined Sir Tim at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Invercargill City Council group manager leisure and recreation Steve Gibling said the closure of the gates in October was necessary to remove old macrocarpa trees, which had become a risk to public safety.
The project cost for the Feldwick Gates tree removal and landscape improvements was estimated at $370,000.
“We took the opportunity to also rejuvenate the area around the gates, creating a new space for the community to gather and socialise while highlighting the beautiful gates themselves.”
Children and family made the most of a wet day with activities, games, food trucks, and entertainment at the revitalised space.
Invercargill resident Isis Jennings said Queens Park was the perfect place to take her children Logan and Lydia (3).
“They love [it] and always find something new.”