Get a look at our Schuhkraft Park
THE NewsMail brings you a sneak peek of the $120,000 fitness park constructed in Schuhkraft Park, Bargara and due to have a grand unveiling this morning.
The nature-based play area, to be known as Schuhkraft Hub, features static fitness equipment, an informal sports area, new walk paths, a climbing frame and a nature-based play area still to come.
Construction of the hub saw a quick turnaround on what was a grassy field just one month earlier.
The Bargara opening follows the unveiling of the Boreham Park fitness revamp last weekend.
Schuhkraft Park and Boreham Park were two projects completed by Wide Bay Medicare Local to boost physical activity in the region.
Building the parks came as research found Bundaberg to be the nation's fat capital with high levels of inactivity.
With the statistic on their side, Wide Bay Medicare Local applied for, and was awarded, a $500,000 grant from the Australian National Preventative Health Agency to help cut quash the unwelcomed statistic.
A total of $100,000 was used to construct the Bargara park with an additional $20,000 put in by the Bargara Progress Association for added features.
Wide Bay Medicare Local general manager Glenn Austin said the Bargara play area was a completely different design to the colourful Boreham Park.
As with Boreham Park, residents of Bargara were invited to provide input on and asked what they'd like to see happen to their park.
Mr Austin said it was clear the community didn't want a bright McDonald's-style play area in the coastal area, affecting the visual aesthetics.
As a result a nature-based play area was designed to fit in with the natural landscape of the beach.
Mr Austin said one of the logs used to feature in the play area had washed up in during the floods, and was integrated into the park.
Neutral colours and natural materials such as rope, rock and wood were also used to blend the park in with its natural environment.
Schuhkraft Park grand opening
What: Grand opening on the new $120 000 fitness park in Bargara with free BBQ breakfast
Where: Schuhkraft Park, Bargara - alongside Nielsen Park and the Bargara basketball courts
When: Saturday March 16 Time: 8am - 11am
Schuh what, you say?
Schuhkraft is pronounced shoe-craft.
The park was named after John "Jack" Schuhkraft.
Bundaberg woman Colleen Schuhkraft is the granddaughter of the man and said her grandfather was one of the first to live in Bargara.
"Him and his mate were the first ever to set up camp at Bargara where the original caretakers house was at Nielsen's," she said.
Ms Schuhkraft said her grandfather lived in Bargara all his life and planted the well-known palm trees along the coastal foreshore.