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GASTONIA, N.C. -- The people of Gastonia now have a new place to go for some family fun.

The brand new Gastonia Optimist Club Park opened on Saturday. City leaders say the development will be good for the area's future.

I think this helps to revitalize west Gastonia and I think this is going to be an important part for everybody in this community and especially the children.

The park is the city's first public-private partnership. It features a playground, picnic areas and a butterfly garden.

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