Plans for the Yenda Skate Park continue to move forward, with a draft concept released.
Melbourne-based firm Convic presented the draft concept at a workshop at Yenda Public School, with the concept aiming to create a park for beginners and younger skaters.
The location for the proposed development will be south of the tennis courts in Memorial Park and Convic architect Angus Thomas said feedback provided by the workshop will be factored into the final design but concerns as to the location of the park were not considered during the initial design.
"Our role from the design side of things is that we've been given a site and we've just designed to the site," Mr Thomas said.
"The design progressed strictly to the $200,000 [budget], we've got an in-house construction team that has been costing it very closely the whole way through - so what was presented can be delivered.
"We're really excited about the potential of this space and what's going to come out of it as a community space."
Mr Thomas said a development application is planned to be submitted to council in March, with the project to finish construction by July.
Reactions to the design were mixed - Yenda Preschool director Christian Callinan said the proposed design was "fantastic" and answers a lot of concerns the community might have.
"What the community were thinking is it's going to be a massive skate park whereas this is not that big - but I think it's still going to cater for the community," Mr Callinan said.
"It fits in with the trees as well, which I think was an issue in the community, so [there will be] minimal damage to the park... it's going to boost the economy in that area as well and people will travel once the skate park goes on the map of Yenda."
However, Yenda Progress Association member Gladys Cannard said while she has no objections to the park in general, Memorial Park is not the right location and suggested a water feature as an alternative development for the space.
"We don't want the kids not to have it, but it needs to be another place," she said.
"On Anzac Day we don't need kids skating there."
Mr Thomas said the majority of feedback at Wednesday's workshop was positive about the proposed layout of the park itself.
"I'd say the vast majority of them [people at the meeting] are really on board with what we've discussed and are really excited with how the design is progressing," Mr Thomas said.
"We're going to take all the information, all the ideas suggestions today back to the office and inform the final concept off that... and then get a final concept back to the client - Yenda Primary - who will then approve that and then get some technical drawings together and lodge a DA.
"There's a lot of excited school students."
Yenda Skate Park Community and Organisation volunteer Ann Furner said the proposal was "bringing a real positive change for youth in the community" and the group aims to work with Griffith City Council to ensure the design meets legislative guidelines.
"We do have to remember that we've got a 12 month time frame to get this built," Ms Furner said.
"We will have to communicate with council obviously about the design and make sure we're doing the right things with drainage and a few other things."
Councillor Doug Curran, who attended the workshop, said the presentation put forward was "positive" and helped to gain "a better understanding" of the proposed park before it is due to come in front of council.