Adding colour to the art of skate

Murwillumbah’s new Knox Park skate facility is now open and attracting skaters of all ages and experience levels to the area.

Local skate shop owner and graffiti artist Tony Lawrence has been engaged by Council to undertake an urban art project on the park and said he had seen it gain huge popularity in a short length of time.

“Our skate park has a great vibe and is attracting a variety of community members, from young families to professional skateboarders,” Mr Lawrence said.

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Photo:  Pharside Skate Shop owner and graffiti artist Tony Lawrence with Urban artwork plans for Murwillumbah’s new Knox Park skate facility, and local skater Michael Mitchell getting some air.

Knox Park facility attracts keen skaters of all ages

“The modern facility caters for all levels of ability and will be sure to produce some new local talent.”

Council’s Landscape Architect, Ian Bentley, helped designed the Youth Precinct and said Mr Lawrence would create a total of three different artworks that would give the half-pipes and bowls a local touch.   “The works are to go on the exposed retaining walls throughout the skate park, and the main one will capture some of the Tweed’s local natural assets,” Mr Bentley said.

“If all goes to plan, Tony will be able to start work in late February.”

Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne said: “Skaters say this skate park is ‘sick’. Council takes the job of bringing more fun to town very seriously so we’re stoked with the ‘sick’ endorsement.”

“The graffiti art project will be awesome too – it’s going to really liven up the place and show off scenes of our natural assets in a new, cool and very vibrant light.”

The skate park is part of the first stage of a $1.2 million upgrade to Knox Park, funded by a $250,000 donation from the Lions Club of Murwillumbah, a $500,000 Regional Development Australia grant from the Federal Government and $500,000 from Council.

Stage 1 also includes an adventure playground, new shelters, barbecue facilities and pathways, which was completed and opened late last year.  Council is planning an official opening of the Youth Precinct later this year.

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

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See also: Katch Periscope video Knox Park Skate Park, January 2016.

Knox Park Free Day Sunday 13th March

Looking for something to do in Murwillumbah tomorrow?

Then come along to Knox Park and join in Park Week activities for a celebration of great outdoors.

skateboarding_workshop_170448_640 Photo: Free skateboarding workshop for beginners at Knox Park as part of Parks Week 2016.

A skateboard workshop for beginners, yoga and story-telling will be among a number of free activities at Murwillumbah’s Knox Park tomorrow, Sunday 13 March, to celebrate Park Week 2016.

The inaugural Free Day in the Park will be held at the Nullum Street park from 10am to 12.30pm and will also include arts and crafts, drumming and a free barbecue for participants.

“Everyone’s invited to this community event to celebrate our great outdoors,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said.  “We hope to see the park packed out with people having fun, trying out all the different activities, enjoying the park’s fantastic new facilities, and catching up with friends and locals.”

Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said there would be activities for people of all ages, to “celebrate the Tweed’s wonderful outdoor spaces”.

Free_Day_KnoxPark_170329_480 Photo: Storytelling with Annie Bryant

“Tweed residents are particularly passionate about our fantastic parks. That was evident in the feedback we received during community consultation for a new Open Space Strategy being created by Council,” Ms Stinson said.

Parks Week is jointly organised by Parks and Leisure Australia and the New Zealand Recreation Association, to promote the benefits provided by parks and open spaces.  Events are being held concurrently in Australia and New Zealand on that day to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people to enjoy the outdoors.

The Knox Park celebrations will include a yoga class by Free 2 Be Yoga for all ages and abilities, stories and songs for children with entertainer Annie Bryant, and a beginners skating workshop at the new skate park with Ownlife.

The Coolheads youth service will host drumming groups, slackline activities, a barbecue and sumo suit wrestling. Arts and crafts will be coordinated by Possums Community Preschool.

Previous Parks Week activities in the Tweed included two other Council-supported events, the Tweed Enduro triathlon at Pottsville last Saturday (5 March) and the Relay for Life in Kingscliff today (Saturday) 12 March.

The Knox Park Program tomorrow includes:
 Yoga for all Ages (45-minute class) – 10am and 11am
 Skateboard workshop (1-hour class) – 10am and 11am
 Songs and Stories for Children (30 minutes) – 10am and 11am
 Drumming, slackline and sumo suit wrestling – 10am-12.30pm
 Art and Craft – 10am-12.30am
 Free barbecue for participants – From 11am

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

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See also: Big Volcano towns: Murwillumbah