Thousands flock to the grand opening of Silver Jubilee Park
The grand opening of Silver Jubilee Park was marked by 4,000 eager sporting enthusiasts wanting the chance to meet Australian cricketing legend Usman Khawaja while putting the park’s cutting-edge equipment to the test.
Usman Khawaja signs autographs with cricket fans.
Several dignitaries were in attendance to celebrate the opening of the 14.4-hectare recreational space, including Member for Jordan Charis Mullen, Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding and Ipswich City Councillors Paul Tully and Nicole Jonic.
Visitors waiting the official ribbon cutting by Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding.
Attendees got a kick out of the featured games and competitions on offer at the Festival of Fun, which included a 30-metre inflatable obstacle course, lawn games, egg and spoon race, tug of war, circus games and stilts, face painting and a photo booth.
However, the highlight for most of our community’s little ones was the milestone banner run-through – which officially symbolised that Silver Jubilee Park was open for play!
The Festival of Fun event would not have been possible without the support of Springfield’s sporting and community clubs that hosted activations for children to get involved in. This gave children a taste of some of the sports available to play in the area.
Sport isn’t just a way to keep our kids fit and healthy – it's a great way for children to learn about mateship, patience, and goal setting.
17-year-old Springfield Rise resident David Onyeogaziri is a keen basketballer who recently received a scholarship to play basketball for Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since the park’s opening, David has committed to spending his Friday nights training on the basketball courts in Silver Jubilee Park.
As someone who’s life has been transformed by the power of sports, David said Silver Jubilee Park provides a place for children and teenagers to exercise, fall in love with their chosen sport, and positively engage with their local community.
“With the addition of the new basketball courts and the multiple basketball teams, clubs and associations in and around Springfield, I believe that the future of basketball in the area is bright and growing as it provides children and teens with a way to stay healthy and increases engagement in the community,” he said.
“These courts are a great addition to Springfield as it provides a location where new relationships would be created, and kids can find their love and passion in basketball or netball.”
About Silver Jubilee Park
Silver Jubilee Park features an adventure playground perfect for children of all ages, a local sports club, a cricket oval, six multi-purpose courts, barbecue areas, picnic shelters, kids’ playgrounds, and open space. The park also pays homage to 10 local athletes, with signs outlining their individual sporting achievements.
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