District park on top of our mountain is up, up and away
  • Thursday 12 July 2012

The highly anticipated start to the creation of Buderim’s first district-level recreation park* has arrived with today’s turning of the first sod.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the start of construction on the Buderim District Park is an important milestone for the region.

"This prime piece of land is ideally positioned to be enjoyed as a district-level park – it will help our region down the path of lifestyle sustainability," he said.

"I’m sure many thousands of people will take-in the panoramic views across to Sippy Downs, Mooloolah National Park and the southern coastline.

"It’s rewarding that the hard work of so many people has paid off and we can finally start to shape this site into a beautiful open space for locals and visitors to enjoy."

The Mayor was joined by local councillors - Cr Christian Dickson and Cr Ted Hungerford, and the President of the Buderim War Memorial Community Association, Meg Scott.

The design of the park has been based on the Buderim District Park Landscape Concept Plan – following extensive community consultation.

Stage one works on the 3.4 hectare site on the corner of Church and King Streets officially commenced this week and are scheduled to run for 10 weeks (weather permitting).

Cr Dickson said he was eager to share in the collective success council had worked so very hard to achieve over the past few years.

"Both Cr Hungerford and I have worked diligently to ensure the master planning, funding and delivery of this project has occurred in line with community expectations since the purchase of this land in 2009," he said.

"I’ve been looking forward to celebrating this special day, recognising the official start in the creation of Buderim’s own district-level recreation park.

"This would not have been made possible without the support of the BWMCA and the enormous effort put in by the hard working staff in council’s landscape and design unit," he said.

"And of course, thanks to all the residents who provided extensive feedback to help develop and shape the look and feel of this park – their park."

Stage one works include;

  • the implementation of the arrival plaza,
  • a community green and kick about area,
  • a new footpath and Poinciana street tree planting along King Street,
  • new planting along the eastern park boundary, and
  • bollards along Church Street to define the informal parking area.

Cr Hungerford said Buderim District Park would be an ideal setting for people to enjoy some peace and quiet, or take part in some fun family activities.

"The overarching vision for the park design was to develop a place of spectacle, nature, tranquillity, life and culture in the hearts of the people of Buderim and the Sunshine Coast; a place of varied landscapes and leisure experiences to be enjoyed by everyone," he said.

"Some of the key components in the landscape plan include a village green, large kick-about area, internal paths, various plantings, viewing terraces, children’s play area, BBQ areas, multi-functional community events space, village square and parking.

"Council has allocated funding in the 2012 / 2013 financial year for design development and construction of stage one."

Council will use the landscape concept plan to apply for additional funding. The development of the park will occur in a number of stages over several years. The rate and extent of implementation will be subject to securing funding for future stages.

To review and download a copy of the final Buderim District Park Landscape Concept Plan, visit council’s website.

* What is a district-level recreation park? A district recreation park provides a greater range of passive recreational opportunities than can normally be accommodated in local parks, including: more diverse play spaces, picnic and social spaces, kick-about areas, community gatherings / events and opportunities for art and artistic expression. A district park may also provide access to natural bushland areas or link to recreation trail and pathway networks.