Parklands have atmosphere unlike any other spot
WATCHING the sun rise over a harbour that never sleeps is a treasured experience for Anton Guinea.
Whether he is running or biking the distance at Spinnaker Park or the marina, the Gladstone identity says the parklands offers an atmosphere unlike any other place in town.
"I always feel very grateful when I'm walking along the waterside," he said.
"Bar none, every Sunday morning I feel more alive after spending time there."
For 10 years, the marina and parklands have provided a spiritual sanctuary for Mr Guinea.
He says little has changed during this time, except the increase in families frequenting it.
"I remember picnics we would have there as a young family," he said. "The kids loved it.
"Riding our pushbikes around and enjoying ourselves. These are probably my favourite memories."
Mr Guinea said watching the marine traffic pass by in the centre of Gladstone's busiest economic precinct was the perfect way to greet the day.
"I don't think I would change a thing at Spinnaker Park," he said. "Still to this day, my family loves that part of town.
"It's a fantastic way to greet the morning."
Idyllic views, manicured parklands and quality family time will continue to bring Mr Guinea back time and again.
The motivational speaker, educator and ironman athlete said the marina parklands were a culmination of all of the passions in his life.
"It makes me realise how lucky I am to have a heartbeat and to be able to do what I love with the people I love," he said.