Tony Lawrence of Pharside skate shop, Rick Kelly, Matt Spiller and Sylvia Roylance at the Murwillumbah skate park. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Tony Lawrence of Pharside skate shop, Rick Kelly, Matt Spiller and Sylvia Roylance at the Murwillumbah skate park. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

$1.2million dollar Knox Park facelift is ramping up

A $1.2 MILLION dollar revamp of Knox Park is set to begin in April.

A new skate park and adventure playground will form the first stage of a major upgrade of the central Murwillumbah park.

Tweed Shire Council's youth development officer, Sylvia Roylance, said planning for the upgrade had taken 18 months.

"Young people have identified issues in the park of not feeling safe and parents have felt the same way," she said.

"To address those issues we looked at the equipment and layout, visibility in spaces, and amenities such as toilets and bubblers.

"For the skate park we basically started with a blank piece of paper, and now we have come to produce a final product of what we want in that area."

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Young people and council staff visited the Gold Coast and Nimbin to gather inspiration for its design and decided on a mix of equipment for scooters, skateboards and BMX.

"They liked the fun box," Ms Roylance said.

"They love rails, steps, and they do like bowls, but not just bowls for the sake of bowls - they should be connected and flow to other elements in the skate park giving a longer ride."

Construction for the recreation areas will begin with the relocation of two existing netball courts to another part of Knox Park.

The rotunda and pond will be upgraded later after further community consultation.

"In the end, it will be what the young people really want and I really think there will be a big feel of ownership," Ms Roylance said.

A total of $500,000 was received for the project from the Regional Development Australia Fund and was matched dollar-for-dollar by the council.

The Lions Club of Murwillumbah provided a further $250,000 on behalf of a benefactor and former club member, the late John Edward Navin, who bequeathed the money to the club with the request for it to be used to assist youth in Murwillumbah.



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