The community has had its say and now Sunshine Coast Council will start to turn the Buderim District Park landscape concept plan into a reality.
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said council was pleased to present the final Landscape Concept Plan and was all set to commence construction for stage one.
“Extensive community consultation has been undertaken to ensure the design for the park reflects the needs and aspirations of local residents,” Cr Dickson said.
“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.
“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.
“We want to thank the community for coming on this journey with us to help develop and shape the look and feel of the park.”
Stage one works on the 3.4 hectare site will start in June and are scheduled to run for 10 weeks (weather permitting).
Stage one works include the implementation of the arrival plaza, 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.
To review and download a copy of the final Buderim District Park Landscape Concept Plan, visit council’s website.
Division 7 Councillor Ted Hungerford said this construction stage is the first step towards developing the site into a district-level* parkland for the community.
“The site is ideally positioned to be enjoyed as a district-level park as it is centrally located on the corner of Church and King Streets with views across to Sippy Downs, Mooloolah National Park and the southern coastline,” Cr Hungerford said.
“The design proposals portray a beautiful open space for locals and visitors from further afield to benefit from and be proud of; suitable for families, friends or individuals to enjoy peace and activity.”
Council has allocated funding in the 2011 / 2012 financial year for design development and construction of stage one.
Council will use the landscape concept plan to apply for additional funding from various sources and agencies. 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.
* What is a district-level park? A district 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.