THE draft plan for the proposed Knox Park Youth Precinct was on display at the weekend with skateboarders, BMX riders and scooters thrilling the crowds with exiting demonstrations.

The Murwillumbah park is to receive a major makeover in the next few years with a dedicated public youth space planned.

The existing dated skate park and play equipment will be replaced with a "best practice'' plaza-style skate and scooter park and adventure playground for young people and families.

Many community members and enthusiastic skateboarders showed interest in the future look of the park and enjoyed free activities, a barbecue and DJ tunes playing on Saturday.

"About 100 people attended throughout the day and feedback received was generally positive about the stage one upgrade to Knox Park," council community development youth officer Sylvia Roylance said.

Skateboarding Australia provided free equipment and ran a skating workshop for beginners.

Following on from the youth day, a planning workshop with young people and other key stakeholders will be held next month to begin brainstorming design ideas for the youth precinct.

"It was definitely a successful event. We had a great turnout from the community and skateboarders," Pharside Skate Shop Murwillumbah's Tony Lawrence said.

"The skateboarders gave good feedback and suggestions about the skate park. Everyone is excited about the upgrade, it's been a long time coming."

Tweed Shire Council has secured $500,000 from the Regional Development Australia Fund for the project, which it plans to match dollar-for-dollar.



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