THE Rotary Park at Kenthurst has been named after local resident John Benyon.
Despite the thousands of hours of community service he’s contributed, Mr Benyon was modest about the honour.
“That is terrible,” he joked. “It was done without my knowledge.”
Along with overseeing the redevelopment of the park, the dedicated Rotarian has run community service programs with offenders from Parramatta Correctional Centre for many years.
Many of the structures were built by offenders under his instruction, including the children kids’ play equipment.
Some were so inspired they have come back to help even after they finished their sentence.
One recently returned to help clear away dead trees and some have subsequently become Rotary club members.
Kenthurst Rotary president David Gadiel officially changed the name to the John Benyon Rotary Park during the Orange Blossom Festival earlier this month.
‘‘It was an idea that had been incubating for some time,” Mr Gadiel said.
‘‘I don’t think the park would be here if it wasn’t for John’s work.’’
Mr Benyon said he was proud of what the community had achieved with the space which had been totally transformed with little government support.
“When I first came here we used to clean it up with a tractor,” he says.
“This site is an example of self-help.’’