Pamela Redshaw, Lucy-Grace Cullen and Hayley Baldwin enjoy the new grassy space at Gladstone Aquatic Centre.
Pamela Redshaw, Lucy-Grace Cullen and Hayley Baldwin enjoy the new grassy space at Gladstone Aquatic Centre. Luka Kauzlaric

Summer hangout a big hit with youth

YOUNG people in Gladstone have a new summer hangout, with the grassy knoll and public art space at Gladstone Aquatic Centre now officially open.

Teens Lucy-Grace Cullen, Hayley Baldwin and Pamela Redshaw spent their Saturday afternoon sunbaking on the grass beside the 50m pool.

"This is great. I'll come down here with my friends for sure," 15-year-old Pamela said.

Her friend, 14-year-old Hayley, said she would go to the outdoor cinema.

"That sounds awesome," she said.

The cinema will be erected by Gladstone Regional Council as part of evening public events planned for the space over coming months.

The new public art space is the culmination of months of work by artists and school children, council workers and EQIP trades apprentices.

Artist Janie Petersen collaborated with community groups and school students to create the mosaics, which were finished just in time.

"It's about locals creating memorable art experiences, so people might see these spaces in a different way from now on," Artslink Queensland culture champion Kerryanne Farrer said.

The launch of the installation of the art project on Saturday provided arts activities from painting to chalk drawing at the aquatic centre.

Art from local photographers and videographers was projected from the walls of adjacent tennis and squash courts.

Asked what she most enjoyed, Ms Farrer said the joy of the children was the highlight.

"(It was) their surprise, joy and playfulness at having something extra to do while they're here at the pool."



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