Jasmine and Desmond Boys, holidaying on the Capricorn Coast for Christmas, are looking forward to being able to play in Appleton Park after it had been closed during the start of the school holidays.
Jasmine and Desmond Boys, holidaying on the Capricorn Coast for Christmas, are looking forward to being able to play in Appleton Park after it had been closed during the start of the school holidays. Amy Haydock

Popular park off-limits

FOR three weeks the Boys family has been holidaying on the Capricorn Coast and enjoying the attractions - well, all except one.

Yeppoon's popular Appleton Park playground has been off limits to Jasmine, 10 and Desmond, 4.

Their father Brent said he'd noticed the park's closure and thought it was strange considering it was school holidays.

"Because it's only newly built and is the biggest park for kids along the beachfront here I thought it was odd for it to be closed when parents want to take their kids to it," the Rockhampton man said.

Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday confirmed the park had been closed to the public since November 21, but said it would re-open on Friday after construction delays.

The is to have a large shade structure built over the playground.

"Appleton Park was due to re-open to the public on December 12, in time for school holidays. Unfortunately, due to latent ground conditions, machinery and materials supply delays and poor weather conditions (the shade structure cannot be erected during high winds), the re-opening of Appleton Park has been delayed," the spokesperson said.

"As there have been further delays, the majority of works will now be undertaken from January 30, 2012, when the school term recommences."

Rockhampton Regional Councillor Mayor Brad Carter said: "Council apologises to the coastal community for any inconvenience caused and thanks the public for their patience and understanding."

"The popular all-abilities playground caters for children of all ages and has quickly become a much loved area for families to visit with their young children. I very much look forward to the completion of this project as I am committed to improving community infrastructure throughout our region."



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