While further south, the Nambucca council is considering closing its skate park over residents’ complaints, Tweed Council is looking at redeveloping its Knox Park skate park and has asked young skaters how to improve its appeal.
Camel humps, spines, hubbas and a dwarf door are among the suggestions for features at the proposed new Murwillumbah skate park.
Many skaters, BMX riders and scooter riders offered their ideas when a Youth Skate Event was staged at Knox Park’s existing skate park last Saturday (3 August).
Skateboarding Australia representative Dylan McNamara, St Josephs Youth Service coordinators and Murwillumbah skating identity Tony Lawrence combined with Council’s youth development officer, Sylvia Roylance, to stage the event and encourage community feedback about a new skate park and an adventure playground for the central Murwillumbah location.
‘We had a fantastic crowd of young people at the skate park, with many taking advantage of tuition provided by Dylan and enjoying the food and music provided by St Josephs,’ Ms Roylance said.
‘The feedback we received during the day will be really valuable in designing the skate park and adventure playground.’
An information stand at the event included images about similar parks in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, following a tour by Council officers and Tweed skaters.
Suggestions for the new skate park also included a large and small bowl, a street section, a foam pit and a euro gap.
‘Participants at last weekend’s event provided some well-considered input, with a number of people offering to assist with the planning and upgrade,’ she said.
‘Planning will continue until the end of January 2014 and we will work with a number of groups and individuals to ensure the skate park and playground meet community needs.’
Design ideas for the youth precinct will be further considered at a planning workshop for young people and other key stakeholders next month.
All interested people can provide further input by visiting www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/knoxpark/.