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Ed Parker Rotary Park

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Published August 20th 2020
A north coast picturesque gem and attraction
With an elevation of 2 metres, Ed Parker Rotary Park was commemorated in 1971 by the local council of Kingscliff. Also known as Rotary Park, this scenic attraction is located northwest of Kingscliff (near Tweeds Head) on the spectacular North Coast of New South Wales.

Ed Parker Rotary Park is named in honour of long-serving Rotarian Ed Parker, who passed away in 2015 at an impressive age of 103! The commemoration of the park was to acknowledge Kingscliff Rotary's contribution in cleaning up the waster area.

The park makes for a beautiful day out or a great stop if passing by. It is home to an array of picnic spots, walking or cycling opportunities, as well as home to the beautiful sandy river, making it a perfect place to enjoy a swim and cool off during the warmer months.

Other water activities can also be enjoyed here, including kayaking and paddleboarding. The park also makes a wonderful spot to see wildlife as well as birdwatch.

There is an interpretive sign presents an inside to Ed Parker's achievements and the park's dedication. There is a memorial plaque in dedication to Ed Parker. The plaque reads: "Edmund (Ed) Parker was born in Mullumbimby in 1911. He became a teacher studying in Armidale in the late 1920s and subsequently serving in many NSW centres. In the mid-1950s Ed taught and became Principal of both Terranora and South Tweed Heads Public Schools. His family had begun holidaying at Kingscliff in the late 1940s and returned frequently. Upon retiring from teaching in the late 1970s Ed returned to Kingscliff to live.

To Kingscliff locals, he was known as "Mr Rotary". Ed's association with the Rotary Club of Kingscliff was legendary. As club historian, he recoded for posterity the history of the club from charter in 1970 to 2006, in a leather-bound volume comprising 165 hand-written pages. Ed had 47 active years in Rotary and remained as an honorary member for a further 9 years until his death, at 103, in January 2015".

Facilities include barbecues, picnic tables and settings, drinking fountain, public toilet, shower, shelters, and walking pathways.

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Why? Perfect family-friendly picnic spot
When: All year round
Where: 47 Sutherland St, Kingscliff
Cost: Free
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