Huge makeover for Bolton Park
KEEPING tradition alive was at the forefront of The Cathedral College's thinking when they approached the Rockhampton Regional Council about obtaining Bolton Park.
The park, which opened in 1931, has forever been open to the public for a range of uses and now the school and public have four multi-purpose courts available.
Yesterday the basketball, tennis and netball courts complete with a covered grand stand was opened by deputy mayor Cherie Rutherford, Catholic Education AM director Leesa Jeffcoat and staff and students.
Councillor Rutherford applauded the school for allowing the facilities to be open to the public.
"Bolton Park was established as a community precinct in 1931 and has pretty much sat as a green open space until its development now with these wonderful courts for the school and public to make use of,” Cr Rutherford said.
"For the school to have something just across the road is great for students and the coaches.
"It is a wonderful asset for the region. They are top class facilities and it is fantastic that the community is able to take full use of them.
"I am sure that the people involved with the park all those years ago will be extremely proud of what has happened here.”
TCC principal Rob Alexander said the council provided the use of the land but that the school funded the $800,000 project.
"We observed over the past seven years Bolton Park was virtually unused and the college proposed the initiative to council,” he said.
"Negotiations and construction was an 18-month process and we praise the council for their cautious approach to stewardship of the land.
"The college welcomes enquiries from community groups and sporting clubs who could benefit from the use of the courts, which also provide additional courts for carnivals hosted by the city.”
Mr Alexander said the college had already received several enquiries from nearby residents to the availability of the courts.
As the students played behind her as she addressed the media, Cr Rutherford stamped just how vital sport and recreation was to young children.
"Physical activity is one of those very important things that we need to keep encouraging everyone to be a part of,” she added.