Just like we remember it, only better
- Last updated:
- 24 February 2020 2:23PM
- First published:
- 24 February 2020 2:23PM
The Gold Coast Recreation Centre at Tallebudgera has welcomed kids and families from around Queensland and beyond for over 50 years.
Now, thanks to a $6 million upgrade, it’s looking better than ever.
Queensland Venues Manager Cameron Jones said that we all know someone that has a story about going to the Recreation Centre or hearing from the kids about their amazing adventures there.
“Everyone seems to have a story about the centre, about an experience they remember from a school camp.
“Even some of the tradies working on the project remember coming here as kids and it’s given them a real buzz to be a part of the upgrade,” he said.
With 30,000 school kids a year visiting the site that includes the Tallebudgera Beach Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre and the Gold Coast Recreation Centre, a sprucing-up was on the cards.
Now a new venue frontage connects the centre to the unique location of the beach, Tallebudgera Creek and Burleigh Heads National Park.
Other upgrades include up-to-date, accessible and comfortable accommodation catering for 480 beds over 75 cabins and 10 two-bedroom units.
A new commercial café is also open on-site.
Mr Jones said it’s hard to believe that the centre we know and love today began as a recreation facility for World War II soldiers.
“I’m sure those soldiers who came here for R and R would be amazed by today’s Gold Coast Recreation Centre,” he said.
“With its climbing wall, gym, squash and tennis courts, dining hall, conference facilities, Leisure Centre, and a 25-metre swimming pool as well as accommodation.
“The iconic location of the creek, beach and National Park makes it the perfect location for families and groups to relax, learn and be active in the outdoors.”
The upgrades are a major milestone in the $1.3 billion Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 strategy with $40 million being invested over three years to transform three active precincts on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in Townsville.
Learn more about the Gold Coast Recreation Centre and watch our video.
Since the 1940s this place has been used as an area where the local community can come in and they can get active.
And by redeveloping the centre we're keeping the centre open to all sorts of clienteles and making it available for all different communities to come in and engage in sport and recreation.
The completion of stage one has allowed all members of the community to access the centre by offering over 25 rooms that are accessible for people with disability.
It's important to keep all Queenslanders fit and healthy. So it's very important to keep these centres available to members of the community so they've got an area they can access where they can get physically active to improve their health and wellbeing.