CUTTING THE RIBBON:
The Mansfield bouldering wall was christened to the public on Sunday morning with (from left) Will Twycross, Andrew Wettenhall, Rose Gilder, Catriona Wilson, James Wilson and Mayor Paul Volkering officially opening climbing time.
THE Mansfield bouldering wall is the newest feature to the Youth Hub precinct, and has already proved to be a very popular addition since its installation and opening in mid-May.
The bouldering wall is a rock climbing wall intended for youth usage that has been established at the Mansfield Skate Park.
Rose Gilder, from the Mansfield Community Fund, and Catriona Wilson had the honours of cutting the ribbon.
Mayor Paul Volkering said that the wall is the product of the community and council working together to achieve a shared vision.
“The concept of a bouldering wall was born during skate park planning discussions by members of the Skate Park Action Group,” Cr Volkering said.
“While it was a brilliant concept to include a bouldering wall into the park to make this site even more appealing, it had not been budgeted for and fell well outside an already stretched project budget.
“Cue the Wilsons, who planned and ran the ‘My Hero’ campaign to raise additional funds from the community,” he said.
With the buy-in and support of the Mansfield Community Fund, who generously matched donations dollar for dollar, the uptake of local donors was sensational and money was quickly raised to ensure that a bouldering wall could become a reality.
Funds raised through the ‘My Hero’ campaign also funded the tiered spectator seating and skate swing.
“Thank you to the Wilsons, the Mansfield Community Fund and all of those individuals who put their hands in their pockets and donated to this wonderful community facility,” Cr Volkering said when expressing his thanks on behalf of council.
As the sign at the Mansfield bouldering wall reads, ‘it is hoped it will contribute positively to the health and fitness of our community’.