$6m work being delivered to Gympie in next three months
THE end of the winter chill is not the only thing Gympie residents can look forward to with more than $6 million-worth of projects set to open by the end of October.
One finished they will offer something for enthusiasts of all kinds, including hikers, bikers, skaters, riders and even those who just want to sit back and enjoy a show.
These projects are jointly funded by the State Government and Gympie Regional Council to varying degrees.
Kilkivan Equestrian Centre
THE $2 million Kilkivan Equestrian Centre is set to open as part of this year's with Great Horse Ride celebrations, and eventually serve as an entertainment drawcard for the region's west.
It includes an 80m x 45m undercover arena with a raised, covered seating platform.
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Work on the centre is well under way, with the only hiccup a six-week delay in attaching the roof thanks to a certification problem.
Funding for the project is split 50-50 with the State Government.
River to Rail Trail stage two
THE next step of what will eventually become an 8km loop around Gympie city is now about a month away from opening.
The $1m second section of the trail stretches from The Sands' southern end, winds its way through Deep Creek, along Brisbane Rd and past the One Mile sports complex before finally terminating at the Rattler station.
White's Gully (a culvert crossing), Deep Creek (pedestrian bridge) and Pengelly's bridge (using the existing footpath) are all getting crossing points installed.
Stage two is expected to open to the public by the end of August.
Gympie Youth Hub
GYMPIE'S youth are getting their new playground in October, and there are going to be a lot of options on offer.
The old Memorial Pool site next to Nelson Reserve has been transformed as part of the $2.8 million project, which once finished will boast a 3m skate bowl, plaza and a flow section for skaters and bike riders.
It could also become home to state and national skating competitions in the future.
The hub is retaining its links to the past, with part of the iconic wall and shell of the original Memorial Pool structure incorporated into the new design.
Funding has been split evenly with the State Government, and there are still multiple future stages planned for the hub.
Imbil skate bowl
THIS year is proving to be a boon for the region's skating enthusiasts, with Imbil also getting their own bowl.
Consultation on the park was held with the community and Mary Valley State College in the lead-up to construction give the town itself a say in the finished park.
Work on the much-anticipated $300,000 project has started and is expected to wrap in September.
The project is fully funded by the State Government through Works for Queensland.
The council is paying for the landscaping works once the skate bowl is finished.
Mary Valley Rail Trail
A DISUSED rail corridor in the Mary Valley is about to become a 4.5km hiking track.
The $600,000 trail, which stretches from Imbil to Brooloo is fully funded by the State Government is expected to open next Sunday.
The track will cater to people of all fitness levels as well as horse riders and bikers.
A council spokesman said there had been several rounds of community consultation before work began on the trail.
Almost 60 letters of support for the project were lodged with the council during the consultation period.