Knox Park adventure playground scores regional award

Murwillumbah’s popular Knox Park adventure playground is in the running for a national award, after receiving regional recognition at prestigious industry awards.

The playground took out a Regional Award for Excellence in the ‘Playspace: Minor (less than $500,000)’ category at the Parks & Leisure Australia Awards for Excellence, competing against other projects from across NSW and the ACT.

The judges said the project had converted an area with little local appeal into a popular destination for children and families to get together and have fun.  “It’s a great park that provides for a wide range of users.  The project has improved public safety and subsequently increased its use,” the judges said.

“It’s an excellent combination of fixed equipment, natural environment and shade provision.”

The Knox Park project will now go on to compete for the national award at the Parks & Leisure Australia National Conference being held in Adelaide in October.

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Photo: Tweed Shire Council’s Landscape Architect, Ian Bentley (centre) accepts the regional award for the Knox Park playground from Parks & Leisure Australia NSW/ACT President, Les Munn (left) and Cricket NSW’s Manager State Infrastructure & Government Relations, Anthony Brooks

The adventure playground has been extremely popular with children and families since its completion in October last year. It was installed in the existing Peace Walk, to take advantage of the shade of existing trees and reinvigorate that section of the park.

The playground was designed to engage children in imaginative play that interacts with the natural surroundings.

It forms part of a $1.2 million youth precinct at the central Murwillumbah park, which also now features a plaza-style skate park and scooter precinct, an adventure playground with cutting-edge design features, as well as facilities for basketball, handball, soccer and netball.

The overall youth precinct was funded through a $500,000 Regional Development Australia grant from the Federal Government, $250,000 from the Murwillumbah Lions Club and $500,000 from Council.

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Friday 27 May, 2016
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New playground open for adventure at Tweed Heads

Ray Pascoe Park marks milestone for playground replacement program

A brand new playground is now open at Ray Pascoe Park in Tweed Heads, marking a milestone for Council’s playground rationalisation and replacement program.

The $70,000 upgrade to the facility, located on Kennedy Drive, includes an adventure play structure with slides, a climbing wall, track rider, double swing, carousel and an interactive play structure.

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Photo caption: Mia and Ella Hrenek have given their stamp of approval to the brand new playground at Ray Pascoe Park, Tweed Heads.

Resident Jerry Hrenek said his daughters Mia (5) and Ella (2) tried out the new playground and was pleased that the equipment was suited to both younger and older children.

“The playground is safe and in a beautiful spot, and because of the mulch the kids don’t hurt themselves if they fall over,” Mr Hrenek said.  “Mia loved the two slippery slides and Ella loved the interactive cafe, which is great for the younger kids; we don’t have anything bad to say about it.”

Council’s Manager – Recreation Services, Stewart Brawley, said Council maintained 82 playgrounds throughout the Shire and had the replacement program in place for when structures could no longer be safely repaired.

Mr Brawley said the budget for playground replacements was limited, making well-used structures a first priority.  “Coastal parks are currently our most heavily-utilised playgrounds,” he said.

“Some of the recent ones installed at Kingscliff or Hastings Point can have over 40 kids on them at any one time, and this calls for other necessities like car parking, barbeques and more amenities.  “It’s a problem we need to deal with, but it just shows how successful and well-used these new parks are.”

Council has undertaken engagement with the community to develop a Shire wide Open Space Strategy, which aims to determine community expectations and use this information to ultimately develop better parks.

For more information on playgrounds in the Tweed Shire visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ParksAndGardens and for more on the Commercial Recreation Activities on Public Open Space draft policy visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/PublicSpaceCommercial

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Originally released 15/5/15

Courtesy  Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

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