Murwillumbah's Knox Park
Murwillumbah's Knox Park

Youth can have their say on Knox Park

A YOUTH event is being staged at Murwillumbah's Knox Park on Saturday to encourage young people to have a say on the $1 million makeover of its skate park.

There will be skating demonstrations and entertainment during the event that kicks off at 11am.

The draft Youth Precinct Plan will be on display in the park as well as the broader draft Knox Park Master Plan.

Tweed Shire Council says the existing dated skate park and play equipment will be replaced with a 'best practice' plaza-style skate/scooter precinct and adventure playground with cutting-edge design features.

It comes after council successfully applied for a $500,000 grant for a youth precinct at the park through the Regional Development Australia Fund - Round Three which it will match dollar for dollar.

Council's Community Development Officer - Youth, Sylvia Roylance, said the space would be designed and managed by young people and would be available for daily use as well as skate and youth related events.

As part of the consultation on the design of the new facility, 15 young people aged 15 to 22 recently took part in a tour of four Gold Coast skate parks at Coolangatta, Varsity Lakes, Miami and Nerang.

"The young people skated each site and provided comments on the bowl surface, the level catered for, skate elements and surrounding amenities, such as bubblers, shade, the sitting area, toilet block

and pathways," Ms Roylance said.

The group also included Tony Lawrence from Murwillumbah's Pharside Skate Shop, Jason Taylor from St Josephs Youth Service at Tweed Heads, Council's Landscape Architect, Ian Bentley and Ms Roylance.

The event finishes at 3pm.

- What do you think should happen at Knox Park. Leave your views in the comments section below.

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