Legana residents now have a brand new facility to use to create good times and new memories.
Last Wednesday, the council officially opened a new basketball court and barbecue area at the Legana Recreation Ground.
West Tamar mayor Christina Holmdahl said it was good to see the project come to life after about two years in the works.
"In September and October in 2017, consultation was conducted with the youth of Legana to establish what they wanted to see in a recreation area," she said.
"Council has been lobbied for many years for a skate park in Legana and this consultation set out to uncover if this was in fact what the youth of Legana wanted."
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2016, showed Legana had a population of 5365 people, with nearly 1000 of those aged between five and 17.
"Consultation was undertaken with children aged nine to 16 through Launceston Christian School, St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, Riverside High School and Riverside Primary School, as well as via an open 'try, play, have your say' day at the Legana Recreation Ground on October 1 2017," Cr Holmdahl said.
Whilst there is no video evidence, I can assure you @fergusonmichael did get one shot in today while opening a new court at Legana. @WTCTas mayor Christina Holmdahl said it would be a very important facility for the region’s youth. @ExaminerOnline#politaspic.twitter.com/zTDj0JzTMP— Tarlia Jordan (@tarliaj14) 9 May 2019
Surveys were also completed online. The council received about 160 returns which indicated the area should have spaces for climbing, obstacle courses, ball courts, bike activities, skate areas and other action sports, as well as passive recreation areas.
"An upgrade to the current playground with the addition of a barbecue area was also suggested to ensure the space was not only youth friendly, but family friendly as well," Cr Holmdahl said.
The area was made available thanks to a state government communities sport and recreation grant worth $136,000, and a "minor" council contribution.
Bass Liberal MHA Michael Ferguson joined Cr Holmdahl to shoot some hoops and officially open the basketball courts.
"Together we've achieved something really special for local families. The rec provides space for young people in the local area to enjoy a number of activities," he said.
"We all know getting outside, socialising and being active are vital for our health and wellbeing and I'm sure locals will make the most of this wonderful space.
In fact, I believe we will start to see joggers and strollers using this area and word of mouth to get around that this is a great new space for all ages to enjoy."
Mr Ferguson said the government is committed to making Tasmanias' lives better.
"This is a great result, which I know will be greatly valued," he said.