The official opening of the indoor rock climbing gym at Cornubia Park Sports Centre took place today with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and the local councillor scaling to great heights.
The climbing wall has not been used in close to a decade and was in need of repairs before reopening for public use.
Division 10 councillor Miriam Stemp began looking into getting the rock climbing operational not long after being elected and since then has been working with different council departments to make it happen.
The Local Infrastructure Program (LIP) funded the close to $90,000 rebuild with work from the City Infrastructure Committee making it happen.
The tender process was then activated and council selected commercial partner Core Climbing due to their high level of experience with indoor rock climbing.
The rebuilt facility is the tallest indoor rock climbing wall in Queensland and will be holding state and national events in the future.
Cr Stemp said that it was so exciting to be at the Cornubia Park Sports Centre with this opening tomorrow.
“Almost three years ago I approached council officers to see what was involved in getting the wall operational again.
“With 53 climbs and the highest indoor climbing gym in Queensland at 14.5 metres, it is fantastic to have this facility open again for our community to enjoy.
“The climbing gym at the centre has been closed for 10 years and 3 years ago I approached council about reopening the gym in response to feedback from the community and because it is really important that our sporting facilities are fully activated.
“Local Infrastructure Funding from Division 10 was used to bring the wall up to current safety standards and install anchor points ready to go out to tender, and it is exciting to see the wall operational again.
“Core Climbing are passionate about climbing, with a bouldering gym on the Gold Coast, foster a great culture and are focused on bringing young people into the sport, in particular in the lead up the 2032 Olympics.
“The Core Climbing gym will open to the public at 9am tomorrow with gym opening hours of 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday and 12pm – 8pm Monday through Fridays. Entry is via the downstairs door at the Bryants Road end of the sports centre,” said Cr Stemp.
The cost to give climbing a go is $24 for a day pass plus $5 shoe hire for an adult, $17.50 plus $5 for children and student is $22 plus $5. There is no limit on your time on the wall besides the gym opening hours, making it exceptional value.
“I want to say think you to all of you who have been persevering and pushing through from where we were to where we are,” said Core Climbing owner Ian Gilmartin.
“We’re super excited to be bring climbing back to the Logan community and to see new climbers and those that are returning.
“We went into climbing knowing that it doesn’t really make a lot of money but it’s such a great feeling because you see people go from beginners to national champions.
“We have three national champions under 15 (using Core Climbing Carrara), six state champions and it’s just phenomenal.
“It’s a positive industry to be in and a passion and even though I have not been climbing for a year, I still get excited with every person’s story.