The ribbon was cut for the grand opening of the Frankland River Play Space on Friday, marking an exciting future for locals and travellers through the town. Smoke from nearby burnoffs filled the air but did not shroud the enjoyment of local councillors and community members who gathered to mark the momentous occasion. The Shire secured an $880,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program to build the dream play area. Although keeping eager children from giving the park a test run before its official launch was unsuccessful, O’Connor MP Rick Wilson and Shire of Cranbrook president Phil Horrocks cut the ribbon in front of locals and project workers to mark its grand opening. “The kids have already been using it, but why wouldn’t they,” Mr Wilson said. “It’s a brilliant feature and it’s fitting to cut the ribbon and officially open what is a really important project for the town and the shire.” Oxford Landscaping Company took just nine weeks to complete the build designed by Chris Lawrence which surpassed the expectations of the community. “I’ve opened half a dozen of Chris’ projects and his designs have been amazing,” Mr Wilson said. “None of them look the same and they bespoke the region and fit the native landscape. “And then for James Hood and his team to actually construct the design the way they have is excellent and perfect way to demonstrate what the funding is used for.” Shire of Cranbrook CEO Linda Gray said she was extremely proud of how the project has tracked since it began last February. “We are so pleased with how it has turned out,” Ms Gray said. “It attracts so many people, and people passing through stop off here and it’s a true asset for the town and the town appreciates it.” “It was a really quick turn around and it has exceeded anything we could have imagined and it sets a benchmark for towns around. The playground also overlooks the State’s largest modular pump track which is part of the play space. Attendees then moved into the Frankland River Community Centre to enjoy beverages, food and yarns.