POSTED April 29, 2018
Ecco Ripley has paid tribute to one of its most beloved residents with the unveiling of Pebbles Park, the first release of the 10-hectare green heart within its Lighthaven neighbourhood on Saturday (17 March).
Named in memory of resident Trent Buchanan’s Staffordshire terrier, Pebbles, the park will incorporate the Ripley region’s highly anticipated first dog exercise park.
Ecco Ripley development manager Frank Galvin said Pebbles Park would be the focal point of outdoor activity for both the local and regional community, and was one of the many green hubs planned for the Ecco Ripley masterplan.
“We chose to name the park after Pebbles who recently passed away and who, along with his owner Trent, was a household name around Ecco Ripley,” Mr Galvin said.
“As Trent was one of our first residents, Pebbles was known and loved by the entire community and it’s really appropriate that she is forever remembered in this way.
“The dog park element of Pebbles Park recognises the special place that pets hold in the lives of our residents.”
Mr Buchanan, who attended the opening with his new dog Misty, said he was humbled by the decision to name the park after his loyal sidekick of 16 years.
“It’s a fitting memory for Pebbles who was a very sociable dog and who I took along to a lot of Ecco Ripley events, including the footy clinic where she got her collar signed by Sam Thaiday,” he said.
“I would walk her around the community and people would say hello to her before they said hello to me.”
Pebbles Park is located in Ecco Ripley’s second neighbourhood, Lighthaven, and is just part of the 10 hectares of parkland and green open space within the community.
Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said Pebbles Park was a magnificent community asset that would bring together Ecco Ripley’s residents, and their four-legged friends.
“Pebbles Park is a shining example of the facilities that create the fabric of a community, which is so much more than just houses,” Mayor Antoniolli said.
“It’s an important place where residents can interact and connect while also finding time to be active and to relax.
“These are the spaces where a sense of community is built and maintained.”
Ecco Ripley’s Lighthaven neighbourhood offers the closest residential land to the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre, the first stage of which is nearing completion.
The Ecco Ripley Land Sales and Information Centre is located at 582 Ripley Road, Ripley and is open each day from 10am to 5pm.
For more information contact 1800 747 539 or visit eccoripley.com.au.