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How power of parks could shape you better

Sunshine Coast residents are invited to enjoy world-class parks and facilities through outdoor yoga, fitness or Pilates as part of Parks Week 2024, which starts on Saturday, March 2.

 
How power of parks could shape you better

Want to boost your fitness, strength and wellbeing in the most beautiful of surrounds?

If you do, then this is for you – a range of free or low-cost activities and adventures sure to give you renewed zest for life and strengthen your connection to nature and our community.

Sunshine Coast residents are invited to enjoy world-class parks and facilities through outdoor yoga, fitness or Pilates as part of Parks Week 2024, which starts on Saturday, March 2. 

You can also collect free trees to take home and enhance your own properties.

From Peregian Springs in the north to the Glass House Mountains in the south and the stunning coastline and tranquil hinterland in between, our region is home to almost 1300 outstanding natural parks and open spaces.

Some are internationally recognised, like Buderim Village Park and the Kings Beach Precinct, recently heralded with The Green Flag Award.

Aerial view of Buderim Village Park

Aerial view of Buderim Village Park

What is Parks Week all about?

Parks Week 2024 celebrates the theme ‘How spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing’. The Sunshine Coast’s recreation parks and open spaces play a fundamental role in creating liveable cities and thriving communities.

During Parks Week, Healthy Sunshine Coast encourages everyone to enjoy time in nature with low-cost classes in some of Council’s most beautiful park locations.

Healthy Sunshine Coast is Council's flagship community health and wellbeing program. It is a holistic, low-cost program suitable for all ages and abilities. The program aims to help you move well, eat well, sleep well, think well, connect well, all while enjoying nature.

Sunshine Coast ratepayers can collect two free trees from Council’s Nursery and chat with the friendly and experienced Parks and Gardens team to learn more about our region's native plants.

How it can change your life

Group Executive for Economic and Community Development Greg Laverty said spending time in nature, or at a local park, could change your mindset and refresh energy levels.

“Immerse yourself in nature this Parks Week and appreciate how spending time in our green spaces can improve your mood and wellbeing,” Mr Laverty said.

“If you’re looking to go the extra mile this Parks Week, why not join Healthy Sunshine Coast and come along to the Morning Rise Yoga session at 6am on March 6 at Bokarina to start your day with movement in one of our region's beautiful outdoor spaces.”

What activities are on offer?

Parks Week 2024 Community Events

Free trees for ratepayers
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Council’s Caloundra Depot Nursery, 54 Industrial Avenue, Caloundra
Please bring along a current rate notice to collect two free native trees.

Mat Pilates on the Green
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 7am
Location: Picabeen Green Park, 1 Main Street, Palmwoods
Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Blended Yoga
Date: Sunday March 3
Time: 7am
Location: Tickle Park, Coolum
Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Reconnecting with Nature- guided walk
Date: Sunday March 3
Time: 8.30am
Location: Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Outdoor Fitness Circuit
Date: Monday March 4
Time: 7am
Location: Power Memorial Park, 13 Mudjimba Esplanade, Mudjimba
Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Morning Rise Yoga
Date: Wednesday March 6
Time: 6am
Location: Sportsman Parade, Bokarina, opposite Kawana Waters State College
Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Yoga in the Park
Date: Thursday March 7
Time: 9.30am
Location: Martin Rungert Park, Corner Neill Road and Bray Road, Mooloolah
Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Mat Pilates on the Green
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 7am
Location: Picabeen Green Park, 1 Main Street, Palmwoods
Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Mat Pilates in the Gardens
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 8am
Location: Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha
Registration is essential via Council’s website.

Adventures you can enjoy all year round

There are 150 free adventures right here on the Sunshine Coast and they're easy to find. Visit Adventure Sunshine Coast and choose between walking, riding, paddling or horse riding, then select your difficulty level and hit search.

Our Sunshine Coast community has access to:

  • 1180 recreation parks and open spaces
  • 382 playgrounds
  • 75 basketball courts
  • 57 exercise equipment nodes in parks
  • 46 dog exercise areas
  • 29 skate parks
  • 1,357 shelters
  • 375 drinking fountains
  • 328 barbecues
  • 204 public amenities
  • 180 showers

For more information about Sunshine Coast parks visit


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