More than a pipe dream
THE lament from Gympie youngsters that there is "nothing to do in this town" will have less cred as of December 13, when one of the most highly anticipated new attractions for the entire region opens its doors.
Pipe Dreamz - the indoor Gympie skate park in Bonnick Rd - is the "dream" of a young Gympie family, most notably 26-year-old father-of-two Toby Kraak.
Toby, a former Cooloola Christian College student, and wife Rachel, with some help from CCC, the Uniting Church and sons Nicholas, 4, and Elliott, 2, are taking a chance to create a bold new business in Gympie that will provide something special for the young and young at heart.
They have acquired $80,000 worth of ramps from Kyle Baldock, the number one BMX rider in the world, and have enlisted builder and former BMX legend Tim Woods to construct the rest of the infrastructure, including two foam ramps and a massive foam pit measuring 6m x 6m x 1.5m.
Mr Kraak says the idea to open an indoor skate park started when somebody stole his skateboard while he and the family were on holidays at Hervey Bay last year.
After it happened he visited a similar indoor skate park up there and loved it so much he created a Facebook page to ask whether people thought it would be a good idea to open one in Gympie.
The response was enormous. The page had 300 likes within 24 hours, and now has 3000.
The Gympie campus of the Sunshine Coast University is also on board as a sponsor.
"I want to do a shout-out to local businesses (to also come on board as sponsors)," Mr Kraak said. "We are selling advertising space."
Mr Kraak was a personal trainer who worked on a Gympie region mushroom farm before beginning his uni studies in health and phys ed, which he has deferred in order to pursue his Pipe Dreamz.
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, from 9am.
WHERE: Second shed on the left up Bonnick Rd (past the cemetery).
WHAT: Three-hour sessions for different age groups and guest appearance, safety and skater etiquette demos from freestyle BMX, MotoX and skate show group JC Epidemic.