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Old favourite returns to Milton

20 June, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today announced that the giant tennis racquet which previously adorned the old Milton Tennis Centre at Frew Park, has been re-installed at the redeveloped site.

The Lord Mayor thanked well-known Brisbane identity Steve “Stefan” Ackerie, for the donation of the racquet, which would pay homage to the area’s rich sporting heritage.

“The former Milton Tennis Centre has an obvious and deep connection to its sporting heritage and securing this special piece ensures we can continue the association,” Cr Quirk said.

“The racquet was once mounted at the top of a tall pole beside one of the tiers of the main grandstand, where many famous local players graced the court.

“The racquet’s remediation works involved removing old brackets and steel strings, sanding the surface of the racquet and treating rusted areas to ensure the racquet will stand proud as an icon of the area for decades to come.”

Cr Quirk said that construction work at Frew Park is on track to be delivered by late this year, with the 23 large concrete panels that make up the structure of the highly anticipated Arena Playground being craned into place following curing on site.

“This $1 million project is designed specifically to suit children 10 to 15 years of age and complements nearby parks in Milton and Gregory Terrace designed for younger children.

Cr Quirk said the Arena playground would be fitted out with a range of fun and challenging equipment to enable children in the community to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle.

“The playground will feature a range of exciting experiences including a large climbing wall and 8m high curly slide, climbing nets and ground level equipment for younger users and kids of all abilities,” he said.

Cr Quirk announced earlier this month that Brisbane tennis legend Wendy Turnbull would be honoured in the naming of the Frew Park tennis green.

“Wendy Turnbull was a Grand Slam winning doubles and mixed doubles player on nine occasions during her run on the Women’s Tennis Association tour in the 70s and 80s,” Cr Quirk said.

“As both an athlete and role model to aspiring players, she made a major contribution to the local sporting landscape. The dedication of the green in her name will ensure her impressive legacy lives on.”

Construction is on track for completion in late 2014, weather permitting.

For more information on Frew Park visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

Artist impression of the playground can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xv5r2tkhk6s85qg/shot-01-frew-park%5B1%5D.jpg?m=

[Ends] JUNE 20, 2014



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