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Celebrations were had at the official launch of Waihī’s revamped Rocket Park. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/HDC

A blast at Rocket Park relaunch

The Lions Club of Waihī celebrated the launch of the revamped Rocket Park last week, which now features a new slide and pirate ship among the upgrades.

The park, just off State Highway 2 in Waihī, has been a work-in-progress for the Lions club and Hauraki District Council since 2018. 

In April that year, the council asked residents what they’d like to see happen at the iconic playground. The responses were: more swings, a flying fox, and keeping the pirate ship. 

Council removed the old ship for safety reasons, but had a new one built that fit the bill. 

The $140,000 joint project had its official launch on February 20, and opening the site was the vice president of Lions Club International, Dr Patti Hill. 

As well as a new pirate ship and rocket slide upgrade, the part also features two flying foxes, and a new swing set.

Work will start on new fencing for the playground – on the state highway side of the park – shortly, council said.