VIDEO: Kids head to Zilzie's Thwaite Park open for fun
EMU Park's Damien Thwaite can see him and his family spending many weekends at Zilzie's new park and playground, especially because it's now a part of his family's history.
Zilzie's Thwaite Park was officially opened on Saturday by members of the Thwaite family, local community groups and Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig.
Damien said they couldn't be prouder of the park.
"It's pretty special for my family and I," he said.
"My great, great grandparents originally came over from England with their 15 kids and settled in Zilzie. We've been here since 1910 and there's six generations of Thwaites now in Emu Park.
"Over all of these years, lots of the family members have been involved with the community and it was really nice for the people involved in the development of the park to ask if we wanted it named after our family.
"The playground is going to make so many children happy. There's kids there every afternoon and I think it will be a popular place for families to spend their afternoons after school and their weekends.
"My hat goes off to the Lions Club of Emu Park, Homecorp and council for the construction of the park and the great afternoon we had on Saturday."
The construction was jointly funded, with Homecorp donating $15,000 and the Lions Club of Emu Park giving $10,000 to join council's $30,000 commitment.
Sport and recreation councillor Tom Wyatt thanked Homecorp and the Lions Club for their contributions.
"This is an outstanding contribution from both groups and on behalf of council and the community I'd like to extend our sincere thanks," Cr Wyatt said.