Concept plans ready for new youth recreation area in Tweed Heads

Tweed County CouncilPress release, September 12, 2022

With construction of Tweed’s new inclusive play space at Goorimahbah – Place of Stories underway at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, the focus is now on the planning and delivery of Stage 2 of the park.

Stage 2 works for the Jack Evans Boat Harbor upgrade will include:

  • a recreation area for young people
  • additional seating, picnic tables and barbecue facilities outside the fenced play area
  • additional trees and landscaping improvements
  • a circle of sons and an Aboriginal memorial wall.

The Council successfully applied through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream and the Government of New South Wales’ Stronger National Communities Fund to fund this second stage. of the project, including the recreation area for young people.

The draft Youth Recreation Space Concept Plan is now open for comment. Residents are invited to review the draft plan and complete a short survey to have their say by September 21, 2022 at

The Council partnered with local youth, youth change agents, community members, designers (including Convic) and Council staff at a workshop earlier this year to design the youth recreation facilities at Jack Evans Boat Harbour, which will be located adjacent to the new inclusive play space. .

The workshop helped determine what recreational facilities and park amenities young people would like to see in this regional park, to better support opportunities for physical activity and social connection with friends and family.

The proposed youth recreation area will include S-shaped seating with umbrellas, a basketball dock and small-scale skate features, a drinking fountain, connecting paths and landscaping features landscaping and public art.

Feedback from the community co-design workshop and previous community engagement activities informed the draft concept plan.

The council’s Director of Parks and Active Communities, Murray Smith, said it was exciting to advance the next stage of this park for young people in Tweed.

“The need for a youth recreation area to accommodate young people between the ages of 8 and 14 has been identified following extensive research and community consultation with residents of Tweed,” said Mr Smith.

“Jack Evans is a great regional park and should cater for people of all ages and abilities.

“It’s great to see the ideas of our young locals come to life in the concept plan and we can’t wait to begin the construction phase of this project.

To take the survey, go to and express yourself before Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

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