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Skateboarders Rick Kelly, owner of Murwillumbah's Pharside Skate Shop, Tony Lawrence, Jordan Birthisel and Matt Spiller with VFG Skateparks Construction Supervisor Kieran Avington, Council's civil engineering designer, Nicolai Robertson, foreman - construction recreation services, Scott Letham and community development officer - family and youth, Sylvia Roylance check out the construction site for what will be the Knox Park Youth Precinct. Photo supplied
Skateboarders Rick Kelly, owner of Murwillumbah’s Pharside skate shop, Tony Lawrence, Jordan Birthisel and Matt Spiller with VFG Skateparks construction supervisor Kieran Avington, Tweed Shire Council’s civil engineering designer, Nicolai Robertson, foreman – construction recreation services, Scott Letham and community development officer – family and youth, Sylvia Roylance check out the construction site for what will be the Knox Park Youth Precinct. Photo supplied

A long-awaited youth precinct and new adventure playground is set to revitalise Murwillumbah’s Knox Park in the first stage of a $1.2 million upgrade.

The existing popular playground and skate park will be removed in the first stage, which will also include new shelters, barbecue facilities and pathways.

The adventure playground is being built amid the existing Peace Walk, which Tweed Shire Council staff say was planned to make use of existing trees and reinvigorate that part of the park.

Council’s community development officer, family and youth, Sylvia Roylance, said the upgrade will revitalise Knox Park.

‘The adventure playground is designed to engage children in imaginative play that interacts with natural surroundings,’ Ms Roylance said.

‘The youth precinct will include a skate park and multi-purpose hard-surface play area for activities such as basketball and soccer.

‘It’s fantastic to see the youth precinct and children’s adventure playground taking shape, after extensive community consultation with young people and other community members’.

‘These additions will make it a key destination for locals and visitors to enjoy for many years to come,’ Ms Roylance said.

Local youth had a major input into the design of the upgrades, and council is happy to continue an arrangement where the area is managed by young people and other members of the community to give them a sense of ownership.

Happy with the outcome. Council staff Scott Letham (left) , Sylvia Roylance and parks asset inspector Bernie Zietlow at the site where new play equipment is now being installed.
Happy with the outcome. Council staff Scott Letham (left) , Sylvia Roylance and parks asset inspector Bernie Zietlow at the site where new play equipment is now being installed.

‘It will cater to the daily social needs of young people, with the capacity to host local skate events and youth-related programs,’ Ms Roylance said.

Murwillumbah Lions Club members met with council representatives in late March to present $250,000 funding as a contribution to Knox Park upgrades.

In addition to the Lions Club contribution, the upgrades are being funded by a $500,000 Regional Development Australia grant from the Federal Government and $500,000 from Council.

Weather permitting, the adventure playground and youth precinct are expected to be up and running by November this year.

For more information, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/knoxparkupgrade


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