NEW ERA: Helidon Progress Association members Maree Hopkins, Judi Bloomfield and Noeleen Hogan were happy to see the Progress Park receive the much-needed makeover from Rotary and Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
NEW ERA: Helidon Progress Association members Maree Hopkins, Judi Bloomfield and Noeleen Hogan were happy to see the Progress Park receive the much-needed makeover from Rotary and Lockyer Valley Regional Council. Tom Threadingham

Progress made on park’s makeover

WITH a refreshing makeover, the Helidon Progress Park has never looked better.

Following a generous donation of $120,000 from the Rotary Clubs of Redlands, Cleveland and Toowoomba East, the Helidon Progress Park went under the knife to be transformed back to its former glory.

After about eight months of generous works from Rotary and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, the Helidon Progress Park was officially re-opened to the community on July 20.

The transformation saw the installation of a new toilet facility, seating, water fountain, an improved shade shelter and table, a brand new playground and a half-court basketball facility among other upgrades.

During the official re-opening, Rotary also presented a cheque for $2500 to the Helidon Progress Association.

The money was raised from a Monster Flood Fightback Garage Sale hosted by Rotary following the January 2011 flood disaster, with more than $93,000 committed to flood recovery.

Helidon and District Progress Association president Judi Bloomfield said the upgrades to Progress Park had been welcomed with open arms by the community.

"It's great. We couldn't thank them enough," she said.

"It's a nice little park, and we've had a lot of people say how much they love it.

"It makes the town look a lot better, and it gives the community somewhere to go.

"We are very grateful for what they've done, and I think the whole community would be thankful for what they've done."

The Helidon Progress Association and Helidon Cricket Club also combined efforts with the Rotary donation to help upgrade the cricket club.

The upgrades to the cricket club included new security lighting, floodlighting for the cricket nets and new cricket nets.

Helidon Cricket Club president Dave Simpson said the upgrades helped to improve the overall appeal of the grounds and would boost junior cricket in the area.

"It is in fantastic shape, and I think the whole ground now is quite presentable," Mr Simpson said.


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