Chinchilla skate park upgrades in time for festive fun
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.
PETITION PAYS OFF: Claudia and Brad Ehlers are excited about the opening of the upgraded skate park.