Draft Concept Plans Revealed for Park to Recreation Ground Upgrade

Residents are invited to attend a family fun day at Tweed Heads Recreation Ground to share their ideas and provide feedback on the proposed design of the new park.

The Council will host a free event in the park on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. that will include a BBQ and children’s activities, with Council staff available to discuss plans for the park.

The $800,000 upgrade will revitalize and modernize the park by providing a place for community members of all ages to gather, connect and enjoy the location and facilities.

The council’s director of parks and active communities, Murray Smith, said the recreation ground upgrade will further increase the quality of life in Tweed Heads.

“It is important that we provide improved facilities to the community to meet the expected population growth in the coming years. The single swing currently at Recreation Ground does not meet the needs of the community,” Smith said.

“With the improvements currently underway at Goorimahbah – Place of Stories Inclusive Park and Playspace at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, the addition of new shades and swings at Jack Chard Park in Enid Street and now Recreation Ground in the planning phase, the council has made it a priority to increase the livability of the city and this upgrade will be an important step in that direction.

Park improvements like these are a way to provide the community of Tweed with more opportunities to be healthy and active, while creating a vibrant community in which to live and visit.

Residents were asked to comment on the recreation ground upgrade in May and June this year, with 244 survey responses received. Additionally, meetings were held with local schools, a co-design workshop was held with young people and key stakeholders, and other feedback was taken into account to prepare the draft plan.

The overwhelming majority of comments called for more play equipment for all ages, a scooter or bike path, climbing gear, half a basketball court, keeping the green space open, and recreational facilities. additional picnics in the shade. The community also expressed the need for a fenced off-leash dog area, spaces for young people to study outdoors, additional parking, better toilets and preservation of market space. .

Community feedback informed the development of a draft concept plan and the Board now invites community input until Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Feedback received online and at Family Fun Day will inform the final design of the park concept.

The council received a $200,000 grant from the New South Wales Government’s Anyone Can Play grant program to improve the recreation ground so that it is more inclusive for everyone, which will be matched by the board. Additional funding of $400,000 was also received from the New South Wales Government Regional Housing Fund for youth recreation facilities and park facilities.

This project is part of Council’s commitment to the Open Spaces Strategy (2019-2029) to protect and enhance the quality of public open spaces in Tweed where several park improvements have been completed for the community over the past 12 years. month. These include: Coral Street Park in Bilambil Heights, Banora Point Community Center Park, Clarrie Englert Park in Tweed Heads West, Chillingham Tennis Court and Playground in Chillingham and Fingal Foreshore Park in Fingal Head which is due for completion at the end of November.

Register your participation in Family Fun Day by 16 November at yoursaytweed.com.au/recreationground or contact the Council’s customer services team on (02) 6670 2400.

For more information on the project or to take the survey, visit yoursaytweed.com.au/recreationground.

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