Since retiring from teaching I have written 4 books to encourage children to love and accept themselves and develop emotional resilience. They are available as e-books from www.TheNewChildrenSeries.com
Published October 5th 2016
Award Winning Local Attraction in Murwillumbah
I love having my grandkids visit me in the school holidays but until recently, I'd wrack my brains and wonder how to keep them entertained.
The good news for me (and them) is since the opening of the Knox Park Adventure Playground in 2015 there is at least one activity I know they will always enjoy.
Play equipment is set amongst shady trees in a beautiful natural environment.
The Adventure Playground for the younger children, is a great space to engage in imaginative play, healthy exercise, social interaction and best of all, it's a place where they can run off their excess energy in a safe, shady, natural environment.
The ever popular flying fox.
The swing bridge, great for balance and imagining scary trolls underneath.
The playground caters for children of all ages. There is seating near the play equipment that allows parents to interact with other adults and also watch their little ones. On the occasions I've been there with my daughter and grandchildren, I've noticed small groups of mums who have made it a social outing and are enjoying each others company while their children play. Some brought their own picnic lunches or snacks while others had grabbed takeaway coffees from one of the nearby Cafes. For those who want to make a day of it, there are picnic tables and barbeque facilities close by, just outside the play area.
Some of the more unusual items of play equipment are the outdoor drums and xylophone.
It's not just the mums who use Knox Park Adventure Playground. There are whole families as well as dads and grandparents who all interact with their children as they push a swing, help out with the use of the play equipment or just keep a watchful eye as their kids play. It's an opportunity for everyone to relax in the beautiful natural environment in the shade of the mature trees.
There are swings and a number of play areas that cater for younger children.
The Knox Park development also incorporates a Youth Precinct where there is a plaza style Skate Park and Scooter Precinct and a clever, cutting edge design feature that provides a facility for soccer, handball, basketball and netball. The Youth Precinct was the result of recommendations from a youth forum held in 2012 which was attended by 40 high school students from across the Tweed Shire.
The Skate Park and Scooter Precinct is a popular recreational venue.
These spaces provide much needed recreational options for the youth of the area and are in close proximity to a community centre which opened in 2012 and includes a dedicated youth centre.
Parents can also be seen keeping an eye on the younger skate boarders and scooters. My grandchildren and I have enjoyed watching some of the older, more experienced skateboarders do some fancy moves.
A cleverly designed court caters for a number of sports.
The $1.58 million Adventure Playground project was funded jointly by the Federal Government, Tweed Shire Council and Lions Club, Murwillumbah.
Senator Fiona Nash, Federal Minister for Regional Development stated at the opening, "The project has delivered a dedicated youth space to encourage recreational, social and leisure activities for a range of young people."
Having observed the families and young people who use the space I would have to agree and congratulate those who influenced the design and those who brought it to fruition.
Knox Park Adventure Playground received a Regional Award for Excellence at the Parks and Leisure Australia Awards for Excellence. They have high hopes of taking out a national award in Adelaide later this month.
Knox Park is in the centre of the regional town of Murwillumbah in the beautiful Tweed Valley. There is ample parking, just a short walk from the playground and sports facilities.
Parking is convenient and easy; just a short walk away from the play equipment.
There are public toilets in Knox Park and also in Sunnyside Mall just across the road (Brisbane Street) from the park where there is a Coles supermarket and a number of food shops, as well as other retail outlets.
I would definitely recommend a visit to Knox Park Adventure Playground. If you don't have children to take, don't worry, it's a great place to relax on your own too.