Chin­chilla skate park up­grades in time for fes­tive fun

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THE much-loved Chin­chilla skate park is set to shine with up­grades to be com­pleted just in time for Christ­mas.

Af­ter ap­prov­ing its re­build late last year, West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil will open the new con­crete park by the end of the month.

Along with $200,000 from the State Gov­ern­ment, the coun­cil contributed $100,000 to com­plete the pro­ject.

Coun­cil spokesper­son for Parks, Open Spa­ces and Ceme­ter­ies Coun­cil­lor Carolyn Till­man said this was an ex­cit­ing pro­ject for the Chin­chilla com­mu­nity.

“We are al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to give the com­mu­nity ex­actly what they have asked for, so it was ex­cit­ing to take this pro­ject on board,” she said.

“The Chin­chilla skate park was al­ways well used but now, with the up­grade which was in­sti­gated by the com­mu­nity, it will get a lot of use over these Christ­mas hol­i­days by both res­i­dents and the many vis­i­tors to our re­gion.”

The pro­ject was orig­i­nally started by Chin­chilla res­i­dents Brad and Clau­dia Eh­lers who saw the po­ten­tial of the old Chin­chilla skate park.

See­ing the park be­ing re­built, the Chin­chilla cou­ple was pleased to have started a pe­ti­tion which was pre­sented to the coun­cil.

“Af­ter we started the pe­ti­tion, we cre­ated a Face­book page, Brad went down to the skate park ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing and we ended up with well over 400 sig­na­tures,” Mrs Eh­lers said.

“We had a hand in look­ing at some early de­signs so we’re very lucky to be in­volved and to get the skate park built how we wanted it.”

The Chin­chilla skate park will be open by Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24, if weather per­mits.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

PE­TI­TION PAYS OFF: Clau­dia and Brad Eh­lers are ex­cited about the open­ing of the up­graded skate park.

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